Colorado Avalanche lose Paul Stastny to the Blues, acquire Brad Stuart from Sharks

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche made two major moves on Tuesday -- they let free-agent forward Paul Stastny go and acquired defenseman Brad Stuart.

Stastny signed a new four-year deal with the St. Louis Blues, his hometown team. On first viewing of the Blues' website Tuesday, the screen was filled with a picture of Stastny and the words, "Welcome Home."

Paul Stasny is the son of former Blue and Hall-of-Famer Peter Stastny, and brother of former Blue Yan Stastny.

The Avs said the team acquired defenseman Brad Stuart from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round selection in the 2016 NHL Draft and a sixth-round choice in the 2017 NHL Draft.

"The acquisition of Brad helps strengthen our blue line," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic on the team's website. "He is a proven, quality defenseman and his addition will help our team."

Stuart, 34, has appeared in 985 career games in the NHL. The Avs said Stuart spent most of his career with San Jose but he has also played for Boston, Calgary, Los Angeles and Detroit.


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