April 13 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) during the second period of the game against the Vancouver Canucks at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Canucks Interested in Colorado Avalanche Centre Paul Stastny?

The Vancouver Canucks might be interested in Colorado Avalanche centre Paul Stastny, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

If Avalanche GM Joe Sakic does decide to move UFA C Paul Statsny, there will be plenty of suitors. The Canucks and Leafs are both looking for help in the middle and would certainly have interest in Statsny.

The 27 year old centre is in the final year of a five-year contract that started in 2009. He carries a salary and cap hit of $6.6 million this season and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Canucks without question need some depth at centre following head coach John Tortorella‘s decision to move Ryan Kesler to right wing.

Even though it is possible for teams to retain salary in a trade under the new collective bargaining agreement, don’t expect the Canucks to make a play for Stastny.

They tried last season by acquiring rental centre Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars for a second round pick and Kevin Connauton. It didn’t pan out at all for the Canucks.

The prospects cupboard is relatively bare for the Canucks as well, so they will have difficulty matching offers from opposing teams.

Expect them to be a little gun shy. File this one under ‘unlikely’.

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