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11:20 AM ET 04.08 | The Avs have a real decision to make about Paul Stastny. He entered Saturday's season finale with 21 goals and 53 points. Respectable numbers, for sure. But, fair or not, the burden of expectations that came with his five-year, $33 million contract haven't been met. Too many times, his performance was lacking in big games, with a pointless, minus-4 game at San Jose a couple of weeks ago part of a contest that essentially sealed his team's fate. We all expected Stastny to meet or exceed the two 70-plus point seasons he had in three of his first four in the NHL. But the fact is, he hasn't hit the 60-point mark in the last two seasons. General manager Greg Sherman has to decide if continuing to invest in Stastny is best, or whether the better option is to ship him for what probably would be a decent return and thereby go with Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly as the 1-2 centers for the foreseeable future.

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April 8, 2012  11:28 AM ET

Will It Be On ESPN, Bro?

April 8, 2012  12:08 PM ET

Avs thread? Really?

Malkin scores 50th! Not good enough?

Stamkos scores 60th! Still not good enough?

Panthers take Division title! Also, not good enough?

Coyotes take Division title! Apprently, not good enough?

Plekanec scores 5 on 3 shorty against Laffs. Okay I'll give them that one. :-)

April 8, 2012  12:44 PM ET
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Stamkos scores 60th! Still not good enough?

Works for me...when 30 goal scorers are being celebrated he pots 60. Wow!

April 8, 2012  01:28 PM ET

"But, fair or not, the burden of expectations that came with his five-year, $33 million contract haven't been met."

They never learn, do they?

Morons!

April 8, 2012  01:51 PM ET

Won't matter who they trade. Until the cheap #*$ owner decides to spend some money instead of being towards the bottom in spending it'll be the same story every year. Their refusal to spend money on a top goal scorer is killen em.

April 8, 2012  02:24 PM ET
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Avs thread? Really?Malkin scores 50th! Not good enough?Stamkos scores 60th! Still not good enough?Panthers take Division title! Also, not good enough?Coyotes take Division title! Apprently, not good enough?Plekanec scores 5 on 3 shorty against Laffs. Okay I'll give them that one. :-)

Canucks steal President's trophy at game 1217 of the NHL schedule (out of 1220)

April 8, 2012  02:50 PM ET
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Canucks steal President's trophy at game 1217 of the NHL schedule (out of 1220)

I know by their point total it looks like the Leafs only played 72 games Swampy but I'm pretty sure they played 82 and it's actually 1230 total.

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April 8, 2012  11:29 PM ET
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I know by their point total it looks like the Leafs only played 72 games Swampy but I'm pretty sure they played 82 and it's actually 1230 total.

"Play" being the key word

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