ST. LOUIS — Oh boy, Paul Stastny may have some ’splainin’ to do on behalf of his old man.
Late tonight, I got word of some explosive comments Peter Stastny made about the Avalanche’s blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Blues – two organizations Peter played for in his Hall of Fame career as a player, the most time spent, of course, with the Avs’ former identity as the Quebec Nordiques.
What did Peter Stastny think of the Avs’ trade of Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk, along with a second-round pick, to the Blues for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a first-rounder? Well, not too much really.
Here is the audio of the elder Stastny’s bombshell comments to St. Louis radio station KMOX tonight.
And here is the transcript of what he said, in case you don’t want to listen to the one-minute clip — but I encourage you to do so.
“This young team was ready to challenge, almost, for a Stanley Cup this season. They were so good. All they needed was some more chemistry, and some synergies. Instead, they destroyed the team. I mean, that was a one-way deal. Mr. Armstrong will look like a genius. I don’t know what they were thinking in the Colorado organization. I should not have said this, but I’m so, so mad what they’ve done to this team. They’ve moved the team about two to three years back again.”
So, do we think it might be a little awkward between Paul and Erik Johnson and Jay McClement in the next few days? Actually, maybe not. Stastny and Erik roomed together at the last Olympics, and one before that at the world championships. They’re very good friends. I’m sure Paul will try to say something like “aw, my old man sometimes, you know how they can get …”
Then again, this is a HOF, franchise icon ripping to shreds the move of Greg Sherman for all the world to hear. And the commotion this is going to cause no doubt will be an uncomfortable distraction for people around the team.
We’ll see how this plays out …