Avalanche ink Stastny to $33M extension
Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny was rewarded Monday with a five-year, $33-million US contract extension.
Stastny, 22, will be paid roughly $6.6 million US per year, a hefty raise from the $710,000 US he is making this season.
He is committed to Colorado through the 2013-2014 NHL campaign.
"Paul has clearly established himself as one of the bright young stars emerging in our game today," Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere said.
Stastny leads the Avalanche in scoring this season with 15 points, including three goals.
He was Colorado's top point-getter last season, when he posted 24 goals and 71 points in 66 games.
"At a young age, he has demonstrated tremendous skill, vision and composure on the ice, and is recognized as one of the most complete players in our league," Giguere said.
Stastny has totalled 55 goals and 109 assists for 164 points in 164 games with the Avalanche.
Stastny was drafted in the second round (44th overall) by Colorado in 2005, and finished second to Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins in voting for the Calder Trophy as top rookie in the NHL.
The son of Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, he set a rookie record with points in 20 straight games.
With files from the Associated Press