Breaking: Stastny reportedly leaves Jets, signs huge new deal

Wow… sorry, Jets fans.

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According to a report from TSN analyst and NHL insider Darren Dreger, free agent forward Paul Stastny has signed a three year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Working on the aav for Paul Statsny in Vegas, but I believe he’s agreed to a 3 year term.

Wow… who saw this coming!? Rumors had been swirling for days that Stastny was likely to remain with the Winnipeg Jets, but that the team was just working to free up some cap space in order to lock him up. With yesterday’s trade that sent overpaid goaltender Steve Mason to the Montreal Canadiens, it was believed that the Jets now had the money that they needed to re-sign Stastny. Evidently not…

No word yet on Stastny’s cap hit, but there’s no denying that the Golden Knights get much deeper down the middle with today’s signing. On the wing however, it appears that the Knights will be forced to wave goodbye to veteran winger David Perron. 

Sportsnet analyst and NHL insider Elliotte Friedman reports that Perron has agreed to a four year, $16 million deal with the St. Louis Blues:

David Perron 4x4 in STL

Interesting… so Perron out, but Stastny in. Good move, Knights fans? Of course, Vegas is still in the running to land Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and have been tied to Sens forward Bobby Ryan in any potential trade between the two franchises.

Interesting times in Vegas.

For what it's worth, Stastny had 16 goals and 53 points in 82 games split between the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets last season. The 32 year old center was rumored to be heading to the Montreal Canadiens this offseason... but again... evidently not. In 824 career NHL games, the former 2nd round pick (44th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche from the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has 220 goals and 426 assists for 646 career points. He was an absolute force with the Jets after being acquiring from the Blues at the trade deadline. As a Jet, Stastny scored four goals and 13 points in 19 regular season games and six goals and 15 points in 17 playoff games.