Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 4/24/13

DENVER - NOVEMBER 23: Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche celebrates his first period goal against goalie Ray Emery #29 of the Philadelphia Flyers during NHL action at the Pepsi Center on November 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
After sinking to the bottom of the Western Conference this season, the Colorado Avalanche franchise appears headed for big changes.One obvious option this summer is moving forward Paul Stastny, who has one year and $6.6 million left on his contract. Cashiering Stastny would allow the team to extend the contract of its true No. 1 center, Matt Duchene – who has one year and $3.75 million left on his deal.The Denver Post suggests a five-year deal for $30 million to $35 million could make that happen. That sounds fair, given similar signings elsewhere in the league.The team does not want to travel down the road it did with Ryan O’Reilly, who eventually got an offer sheet from the Calgary Flames. That hostile bid, matched by Colorado, earned O’Reilly a $2.5 million signing bonus for this shortened season and a $6.5 million salary for next season.He is another player the Avalanche needs to lock in before visiting free agency. To afford that, the team should offload the disappointing Stastny.Since scoring 79 p
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