Any negotiations between Paul Stastny and the Avalanche are unlikely to start before the 20th of this month. The agent for Stastny, Matt Keator, has been in no rush.

At the NHL trade deadline, the Avs were interested in hammering out an extension for Stastny, but Keator and Stastny wanted to wait. Now, they want to wait until the final days before free agency arrives to seriously talk, probably to get the best leverage they can on a new contract.

Despite the seeming hardball tactics, the Avs believe there is reasonable optimism that a deal can be struck with their 28-year-old center. We'll see.