Blues sign free agent center Paul Stastny to four-year deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The St. Louis Blues notched one of the big names in the free-agent market, signing longtime Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny to a four-year deal worth $28 million.

A two-time Olympian with the United States, the 28-year-old Stastny grew up in the St. Louis area and is the son of Hall of Famer Peter Stastny. He had 25 goals and 60 points for the Avalanche last season and five goals and 10 points in seven playoff games.

The Blues’ move came after Western Conference powers Anaheim Ducks acquired center Ryan Kesler in a draft-day trade with the Vancouver Canucks and the Dallas Stars added center Jason Spezza in a deal with the Ottawa Senators Tuesday.

The Blues are focused in addressing their scoring problems after their first-round loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Stastny is a gifted playmaker who had 458 points in 538 career games for the Avalanche, who tried to retain him up tp free agency. He has registered 18 points in 22 playoff games, production the Blues need to be successful the postseason.

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