The Winnipeg Jets have landed centreman Paul Stastny. Sound familiar? Well it should. On Friday morning, the club announced that it had traded defenceman Carl Dahlstrom and a conditional fourth round selection in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft for the services of Stastny, who was earlier traded to Winnipeg prior to the team’s 2018 playoff run.
Following the three-round postseason endeavour that saw the Jets fall to the Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final, the now 34-year-old opted to follow the ‘if you can’t beat em, join em’ mentality and signed a three-year deal with the Golden Knights, with the Jets unable to make room under the salary cap, Stastny’s deal with Vegas featured a $6.5 million annual average value and a limited no-movement clause – meaning he could only be dealt to a team that he approves of.
Clearly Stastny approved of Winnipeg, as he signed off on the deal Friday morning that has brought him back to Manitoba’s capital. Playing the majority of his career with Colorado – the team that drafted him in the second round in 2005 – Stastny moved to St. Louis for the 2014-15 season, prior to being dealt to Winnipeg at the trade deadline in 2018.
The past two seasons with Vegas have seen a slight dip in production for the six-foot, 195-pound centre, as he has put up just 30 goals and 80 points in 121 games in the desert. If skating in a full 82-game season in 2020-21, the 945-game NHL veteran will earn his silver stick as a member of the 1,000-game club.
Only dressing in 19 regular season games for Winnipeg during his brief stay, the centreman found some chemistry with wingers Nikolaj Ehlers and Patrik Laine, putting up four goals and 13 points, prior to producing six goals and 15 points in 17 postseason games in a magnificent stretch of hockey in the ‘Peg. For his career, Stastny has 250 goals, 726 points and 438 penalty minutes in the regular season. He has an additional 25 goals and 67 points in 97 playoff games.