Friday, October 25, 2013

Roy Likes Stastny at Center, Regardless of Contract Year

He may have been a goalie in his playing days, but Avalanche first-year head coach Patrick Roy knows a good team's foundation is built on it's centremen.

With Avs center Paul Stastny in his contract year and Colorado stacked at center, Roy tells the Denver Post's Adrian Dater that doesn't mean that the 27-year-old will become trade bait by the end of the season.

"It's a beautiful problem to have," Roy said. "I'd rather deal with this than having no centers. Honestly, it hasn't been a problem so far. Everybody is having their share of ice time. We're very lucky. You look at all the teams at the top of the standings, they all have three very good centers and four good lines. When you build a team, you want to build it (up) the middle."
Stastny is currently earning $6.6 million, and could become a No. 1 center for a lot of NHL teams. The Avalanche, with prolific Matt Duchene and up-and-coming Nathan MacKinnon in the fold, might not see him as No. 1.

Roy is more concerned with getting Stastny to shoot the puck than what will become of his contract at the end of the year.
"I'm very happy with Paul," Roy said. "We had some fun (Thursday) morning, because I like to see him shooting more. On the power play, he passed on almost an open-net situation, but this is the way Paul is. He's a center who loves to pass the puck. This is a line (with Gabe Landeskog and Alex Tanguay) that we have to remind them, 'One of you will have to shoot at one point if you want to score a goal.' But he has a good view of the game and loves to talk about the game."