NHL Central Division Trade/Free Agency Moves

By Josh Brink
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Apr 26, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) celebrates after forward Nathan MacKinnon (not pictured) scored the game winning goal during the overtime period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues made what some would say the biggest move in day 1 of free agency, signing veteran center Paul Stastny to a four-year deal worth $28-million. The center that has played his entire career with the Colorado Avalanche and produced 25 goals and 35 assists last season brings a lot of skill to the St. Louis Blues. He was also a contributor in the playoffs scoring 5 goals and 5 assists in seven playoff games. He will now be returning back home to St. Louis and is the son of former Blues Hall-of-Fame centerman Peter Stastny.

There is still time for more signings and additional moves within the Central Division but the Chicago Blackhawks will probably be pretty quiet in moves. Besides the Toews and Kane resigning which may or may not take place today the Chicago Blackhawks are cap restricted and may only be able to make a big splash like these other teams with a core player we really do not want to have to give up. I have heard some talks of “maybe the Blackhawks go after Brad Richards” on NHL Network but only time will tell.

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