Updates on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, Columbus Blue Jackets forwards Cam Atkinson and Kerby Rychel and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi.
Duchene wants to remain with the Avalanche.
THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports it didn’t take long for Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene to realize a recent trade rumor about him had little substance. “I’m pretty confident — or hopeful, anyway — that I will continue to be an Av in the near future,” Duchene said. “But you never know. This business is very unpredictable.” Avs GM Joe Sakic claimed the Duchene trade rumor came out of right field. “When you’re talking, people bring up names. That’s how deals happen,” Sakic said.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The rumor in question linked Duchene to the Ottawa Senators. If, as some speculate, Sakic floated the center’s name to light a spark under him, mission accomplished. Duchene’s been on an offensive tear in the past week. For all the Duchene trade chatter, the word out of the Denver media is he’s the last player the Avs would consider trading.
While this probably isn’t the last time we’ll hear Duchene mentioned in trade speculation (especially if the Avs fail to gain ground in the standings), it’s unlikely he’ll be dealt. He carries a $6 million annual cap hit, which is as good as a no-movement clause during a season, especially one with so many teams squeezed for cap space. And if he maintains his recent offensive improvement, the Avs definitely won’t move him.
Blue Jackets shopping Atkinson and Rychel.
STARTRIBUNE.COM: Michael Russo reports Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is shopping forwards Cam Atkinson and Kerby Rychel “hard” in hopes of acquiring a defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If we go by recent speculation, he’s been shopping those guys for a month now. Rychel’s only seen action in two NHL games this season and failed to make an appreciable impression (no points, one shot, five PIMs, plus/minus of minus-1). Atkinson has a respectable 10 points in 17 games, sitting sixth in team scoring, but he’s also carrying a $3.5 million annual cap hit, which is difficult to move at this point in the season. Whatever defensemen are available evidently aren’t worth parting with Atkinson.
Tinordi’s days numbered with the Canadiens?
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Pierre Durocher speculates defenseman Jarred Tinordi’s days with the Montreal Canadiens could be numbered. Tinordi has yet to see any game action this season with the Habs. Head coach Michel Therrien opted to go with Greg Pateryn over Tinordi as a replacement for the injured Alexei Emelin. Durocher claims several teams have expressed interest in Tinordi’s future with the Canadiens, wondering what he might fetch (maybe a second-round pick?) in return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens won’t demote Tinordi, as they risk losing him to waivers. Durocher noted there was a rumor Tinordi could be sent to their farm team on a conditioning stint but the blueliner said management hasn’t approached him about that option. It’s clear Therrien and GM Marc Bergevin no longer have confidence in the big blueliner, but Bergevin isn’t in any hurry to trade him right now. I daresay he hopes to use Tinordi as a trade chip later in the season, perhaps to fetch a depth player from a desperate team.