NHL Rumors: 3 Teams Linked to Signing Paul Stastny

The NHL free agency period is almost one month old and veteran forward Paul Stastny is still left unsigned. The 36-year-old has no intentions of retiring and is looking for a contract for next season and beyond. Here's three teams who likely have Stastny on their radar as we creep closer to training camps opening:

Minnesota Wild

One team trying to do everything on the cheap, it's in the Wild's best interest to wait this one out so they can sign Stastny as cheap as possible. They know him well and could use his versatility up front in a major way. The veteran forward recorded 21 goals and 45 points in 71 games last season, displaying to the league that he's still capable of putting the puck in the net. Minnesota wants to win next season, despite all their cap constraints, keep an eye on this becoming a match.

Colorado Avalanche

If Nazem Kadri heads to the New York Islanders, the Avs could be interested in Stastny on the cheap. While he's not the player he once was, he's still a very capable top-nine forward who can play all over the lineup if needed. Some Colorado fans seem to be totally against this, meanwhile those who love Stastny want him back immediately. Kadri sounds like he's heading to Long Island so this could be something to watch as a ripple effect.

Calgary Flames

One team who could use some good news and some more talent up front, the Calgary Flames could be in on signing Stastny. Again, another team that knows him well from their battles with the Jets, Calgary continues to look for ways to add offense. Kadri doesn't seem interested at all in signing with the Flames so look for them to turn to Stastny over the next couple of weeks to see what the interest level is. He made $3.75 million last season against the cap, expect his next dealt to max out at $2 million annually.

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