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St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock likes to remind people the team added more than just Paul Stastny over the summer.

Speaking about the Blues' offseason acquisitions, Hitchcock was quick to compliment the other new members of the team, saying " was a combination of (Joakim) Lindstrom, (Jori) Lehtera and Paul. These are three point-producing players who really enhance our hockey club. All three are capable of playing top-six roles. Paul is a real good fit for us with the way he plays and the way we play. Lehtera is a real good fit, and we feel like Lindstrom has really improved his game. He has a number of good friends on the hockey club and he's going to be given a real chance to play in the top nine and see where it goes." It's hard to envision Lindstrom or Lehtera taking on a significant role of the power play for St. Louis, but both could have value in deeper formats.

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Paul Stastny will be the third member of his family to play for the St. Louis Blues.

His father, Peter, finished his Hall of Fame career with the Blues in 1994-95 and his older brother, Yan, was in the organization from 2006-2010. "As my family, you always have insight," Paul said. "I was all ears during this process, I always listen to what they have to say. In the end it's my decision and (but) I think they're both excited. Family still lives in St. Louis. They think it's a good decision." GM Doug Armstrong thinks Stastny could work on a line with David Backes and Alex Steen. St. Louis will have some line tinkering to do at training camp.

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Paul Stastny's agent didn't want to rule out the possibility of his client re-signing with the Avalanche even as the start of the free agent period looms.

At this point it would be mildly surprising if Stastny re-signed with Colorado. The Avalanche have made it very clear that they want Stastny back, but only if he is willing to sign within their parameters and from the outside looking in, it wouldn't be surprising if they end up getting outbid. Assuming Stastny is still unsigned by noon, he will be one of the top unrestricted free agents on the market.

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After a long set of negotiations, the Avalanche and Paul Stastny were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.

It's been expected all along that Stastny wanted to test the waters as a free agent on July 1st, but the Avs reportedly tried hard to convince him to stay. As one of the top available players on the open market, expect the suitors to be lined up on Tuesday.

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As the Avalanche and Paul Stastny continue to talk about a contract that would keep the talented pivot in Colorado, another team is now said to be interested in the UFA's services.

The Jets, Wild and Blues were said to be three suitors. Now you can add the Stars into the mix according to TSN's Pierre McGuire. This should be interesting as we approach the July 1st free agency period.

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The Winnipeg Jets and Chicago Blackhawks have reportedly entered into the Paul Stastny sweepstakes.

Stastny has been a popular player during the window shopping period prior to the start of the free agency, but a lot of teams may not be able to meet his price point. Stastny's camp is reportedly informing interested parties that he doesn't want to make less than the $6.66 million a year he earned in his last five seasons with Colorado.

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The St. Louis Blues are among the teams looking into signing Paul Stastny.

Stastny won't be an unrestricted free agent until July 1, but thanks to the new CBA, teams can already talk to him. The Blues have also been tied to the Jason Spezza trade rumor mill and they might feel like getting Stastny would be the better option given that they wouldn't have to sacrifice any prospect. Stastny is testing the market, but still regards the Colorado Avalanche as his first choice.

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Paul Stastny wants to test the free agent market, according to Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic.

That doesn't necessarily mean that Stastny's tenure with Colorado is done. In fact, it looks like Stastny is willing to give the Avalanche the opportunity to match another team's offer if he's close to signing elsewhere. That being said, the Avalanche seem to have a specific cap hit in mind for Stastny and so far it doesn't look like the team is willing to get into a bidding war to keep him.

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Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic isn't sure if the team will be able to sign Paul Stastny before July 1.

Both sides will continue to talk leading into free agency, though. "We'll meet with the Avs this week," said Stastny's agent Matt Keator on Monday. "Had some good talks, and we will see where it goes." The 28-year-old center would probably find it much easier to get the money he wants in free agency, but he has expressed an interest in staying in Colorado.

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Agent Matt Keator said that Paul Stastny's preference is to re-sign with the Avalanche.

Colorado's executive vice president Joe Sakic wants the same thing, but cautioned that he won't overpay to make that happen. "We will keep talking with Joe throughout the process and give them every chance to retain Paul," Keator said. "We will meet next week and see where things go." Stastny scored 25 goals and 60 points in 81 games in 2013-14.