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Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Peter Stastny sounds off, says Avs deal with Blues 'destroyed' team

By ESPN.com

Count Hall of Famer Peter Stastny as one person who did not like this past weekend's Avalanche-Blues trade.

Stastny, whose son Paul plays for Colorado, sounded off to radio station KMOX in St. Louis on Tuesday night. He said the blockbuster deal -- which sent winger Chris Stewart, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and a second-round draft choice to the Blues for former No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson, forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick -- "destroyed" the Avalanche.

More from Peter Stastny (audio of the clip here, courtesy of the All Things Avs blog):

"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."

Meanwhile, ESPN.com's Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun speculated earlier today about Paul Stastny's future in Colorado. Burnside spoke to a source familiar with the situation in Denver who said he wouldn't be surprised to see Stastny being shopped.

Stay tuned.