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Paul Stastny Leaves Avs For St. Louis

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DENVER (CBS4/AP) - Paul Stastny, a fixture of the Colorado Avalanche over the last eight seasons, has signed a four-year contract with the St. Louis Blues.

The deal was first reported by TSN in Canada. TSN says Stastny will earn an average of $7 million a season.

Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche warms up prior to facing the Minnesota Wild in Game Two of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Stastny scored 25 goals and dished out 35 assists in 71 games with the Avalanche last season. He has 160 career goals and 298 assists.

His $7 million salary in 2013-14 was the highest on the Avalanche roster. He was an unrestricted free agent.

Two weeks ago, coach Joe Sakic said he was optimistic about bringing Stastny back.

Stastny, 28, played for the University of Denver, helping the school win a national championship in 2005. Colorado selected him in the second round the same year. He is a St. Louis native, and his father, Hall of Famer Peter Stastny, and brother, Yan, played for the Blues.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday the Avalanche had signed forward Jarome Iginla to a three-year contract worth $16 million.

Iginla scored 30 goals and had 31 assists in 78 games with the Boston Bruins last season. He will be counted on to help fill the scoring void left by Paul Stastny, who signed a four-year, $28 million deal with St. Louis earlier in the day.

Jarome Iginla (credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Jarome Iginla (credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Iginla, who turned 37 on Tuesday, is a six-time All Star. He’s led the league in goals twice and has 560 in his career with Calgary, Pittsburgh and Boston.

TSN first reported Iginla’s signing with Colorado.

Also on Tuesday, the Avalanche said it acquired defenseman Brad Stuart from San Josein exchange fro a second-round pick in the 2016 draft and a sixth-rounder in the 2017 draft.

Stuart, 34, has played in 985 games, scoring 322 points. He’s entering his 15th year.

The club also announced Tuesday it signed defenseman Nick Holden to a three-year deal.

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