By Brian Madden– Monday marks the beginning of the interview period for Unrestricted Free Agents (UFAs) in the NHL. Players with the UFA designation have until Saturday to meet with potential NHL employers.

July 1 is the actual date that begins the NHL New Year which coincides with the commencement of Free Agency.

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Paul Stastny (credit: CBS)

University of Denver Alum Paul Stastny is a UFA this season. The 12-year NHL veteran has tested the free agency waters in the past. Stastny went through the process in 2014 after spending seven season with the Colorado Avalanche.

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Gabriel Landeskog #92 and Paul Stastny #26 of the Colorado Avalanche skate against Nate Prosser #39 of the Minnesota Wild in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Pepsi Center on April 30, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Wild defeated the Avalanche in overtime 5-4 to win the series. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

This time around, Stastny hopes to navigate his future to an organization that will help him claim the ultimate goal, the Stanley Cup.

CBS4 Sports chatted with Stastny this past weekend at the Dawg Bowl VIII in Littleton. Paul spoke about his free agency.

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CBS4’s Romi Bean interviews Paul Stastny (credit: CBS)

He also had some complimentary thoughts for the Avalanche, and Hart Trophy Finalist, Nathan MacKinnon.

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