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Stastny open to return to Blues: report

Free agent center was traded to Jets during season

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Paul Stastny said he is open to returning to the St. Louis Blues, who traded the 32-year-old center to the Winnipeg Jets on Feb. 26.

Stastny, who can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, told the 590 The Fan in St. Louis that he'd welcome a return if the Blues are interested in bringing him back.

"I don't think I've closed the door on anything," Stastny said May 25. "I know it's a business; getting older, you see it.

"I always keep everything open because you never know what's going to happen."

Stastny had 53 points (16 goals, 37 assists) in 82 games with the Blues and Jets this season. He had 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games for the Winnipeg, which lost to the Vegas Golden Knights in a five-game Western Conference Final. Stastny scored twice in a 5-1 win against the Nashville Predators in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round.

Stastny spent much of his time in Winnipeg playing between Patrik Laine, 20, and Nikolaj Ehlers, 22. He helped Laine to a 15-game point streak from Feb. 18 through March 18.

"We had the right fit right from the start," Stastny said.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said May 22 that the Jets will explore bringing back all their pending free agents, including Stastny, who waived his no-trade clause to go to Winnipeg.

"It was a great experience talking to [Stastny] in the exit meeting and hearing about his decision-making process in coming here, and his thought process after being here and moving forward," Cheveldayoff said. "It's amazing how a player like that can come into your lineup and feel like he's been a part of it forever. That type of chemistry and symmetry, that is testament to the type of person he is and how tight our group was."

Stastny signed a four-year contract with the Blues as a free agent on July 1, 2014. He has 646 points (220 goals, 426 assists) in 824 NHL games with the Colorado Avalanche, Blues and Jets. He has 50 points (20 goals, 30 assists) in 72 playoff games.

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