Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny is going to test the free agent market.
In a situation that may shake out to see how the NHL’s interview period leading up to July 1 works out, Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports Stastny will explore around to see what he can earn, but hasn’t cut Joe Sakic and the Avalanche out of the process.
Stastny wants to “see what’s out there”, Sakic reports. So, we are officially entering into the period where teams are free to call Stastny and [agent Matt] Keator and put on the full-court press.
As a solid two-way center that can score, Stastny could be one of the biggest targets in free agency and could command a deal that pays as much as $6 million per season.
According to Dater, the Avs have made Stastny an offer already but would likely need to come up on it to stay in the race to re-sign him. Last season, he had 25 goals and 60 points in his eighth season in Colorado.
Stastny has never been an unrestricted free agent before and the thrill of shopping your wares around to the highest bidder could net him a monster deal. At the very least, he’s keeping Colorado apprised of whatever comes across his desk.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.