Jets acquire Paul Stastny from Blues CBC Sports
When captain Blake Wheeler was told the Winnipeg Jets were trying to add veteran centre Paul Stastny, he picked up the phone on Sunday and called his old teammate.
The pair had played together in Germany during the NHL's 2012-13 lockout season, have the same agent and crossed paths in their teens while playing for U.S. squads and attending camps.
"I was really excited," Wheeler said Monday after the Jets acquired Stastny in a trade with St. Louis.
"I've known him for a while, just the type of guy he is, the type of player he is. Obviously his name wasn't even out there so I was surprised to hear it, but my fingers were crossed."
Stastny, 32, was traded to Winnipeg in exchange for forward Erik Foley, a first-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2020 draft.
Correction on conditions of Stastny trade:
If Winnipeg's pick is Nos. 1-3, which is won't be, Blues will receive Jets' first-rounder in 2019. Otherwise, they will get it this year.
If Blues don't re-sign Foley before Aug. 16, 2019, then they receive Jets' 4th rounder in 2020.
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