With Joe Sakic on the shelf, the Avalanche have to rely on their young players, including Paul Statsny, who is thought of as the new face of the franchise. The Avalanche have signed their new face of the franchise to a new 5-year contract extension, reportedly worth $33 million. That's a salary cap hit of $6.6 million over the course of the deal, which will make him the largest cap hit on the team starting next season.
This season, Paul Statsny is a Draft pick of Dale B. and has had a productive start to his season, scoring 3 goals and adding 12 assists in 16 games this season for the Avalanche. Last season, he finished in the top 50 in pool scoring, having 71 points in 66 games. Once the Avalanche are healthy again, Statsny should be getting back to his high-scoring pace and his Avalanche start a new stretch with a home & home against Calgary tonight.