I just feel he won't. Lots of us thought that with Dutch and Radar it would be Stas on his way out. But with the stunt Radar has pulled it looks like Avs have spoken and that their top 2 C for the long run will be Dutch and Stas.
Plus Stas has family ties to this franchise. It would be weird if he was casted out and a PR nightmare. Stastny's father went nuts when they traded Stewart, imagine if they traded his own son.
It depends what the Avs get from the O'Reilly trade, and who they pick up in the draft. If they somehow get a Couturier, or draft MacKinnon, I think he gets traded for a meager return in the offseason.
Otherwise no, and he'll probably walk the following summer, unless he's willing to take a very nice paycut. I think even if they just have Duchene up the middle, the Avs will look to replace him rather than pay his UFA market value.
It will come down to what he'll want to be paid. Think Sherm and Stazz will have a serious conversation before the trade deadline next year, and if it looks like he wont meet the Avs $, he'll get dealt. I could see him, if this "regression" continues, signing for less and retiring as an Av. He'd be ideal as a 2C who eventually gives way to a younger player and transitions to a 3C pk/ faceoff guy.
It's pointless to speculate, though I do get a little annoyed at the presumption that St. Louis is the obvious (only?) other place for him. I think people put way too much in such connections. Maybe when he's looking at his last contract he might do what he can to play there, but I'm sure he's got many other considerations before that.
Personally, I hope he sticks around in Colorado for a long time. And that it pays dividends for both parties.
I'd much rather trade Staz and pay O'Reilly the money.
Really? Staz is still a better playmaker and offensive player and has become a very good defender, Ryan and Staz are comparable players and will be moving forward while Ryan will draw a much better player in trade and we wouldn't be showing our other young players that we rewarded holding out.