The Vegas Golden Knights made a splash on the first day of NHL Free Agency by signing forward Paul Stastny to a 3-year deal worth $19.5 million.

In 82 games last season, Stastny had 16 goals and 37 assists. The 32-year-old was dealt from the St. Louis Blues to the Winnipeg Jets at the trade deadline in exchange for forward Erik Foley, a conditional first-round pick in 2018 and a fourth-rounder in 2020. Stastny recorded 13 points in 19 games after being acquired by the Jets. 

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said Sunday the club offered the same term to Stastny as the Golden Knights but couldn’t do the same in terms of dollars.

The 32-year-old was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (No. 44 overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his first eight seasons with the Avs before signing with the Blues in 2014. 


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