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.
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’.