Paul Stastny said he spent the final hours before the NHL's trading deadline in Detroit attending mass on Ash Wednesday, watching "American Hustle" in his hotel room and noticing that time was crawling.

Finally, the deadline passed at 3 p.m. Eastern time, and he still was a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

"It's one of those situations where you're happy it's over with," Stastny said after the Avalanche's game-morning skate Thursday in Joe Louis Arena.

Stastny's five-year, $33 million contract expires after this season and he could be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"Obviously, there's high-risk, high-reward if you wait it out on both sides of the equation, but for me, I was comfortable playing the season out," Stastny said. "Unless things really intensified or things really needed to be done." He said he believed "both sides are comfortable" resuming talks "right after the season."

Stastny again said he leaves negotiations to his agent, Matt Keator. "I think both sides know what I want to do, or what's ideal for my family and I," he said. He added, "They know that to me, this is my first option. I think we talked about that and told them how I am."

He acknowledged the the way things stand now, if there is no agreement reached before July 1, there is a chance he could sign elsewhere.