Latest Matt Duchene Rumors – September 22, 2017
The Matt Duchene trade rumor mill churns on. Check out the latest.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports there are some around the NHL who feel the Ottawa Senators reported interest in Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene could be a backup plan if contract extension talks with center Kyle Turris don’t go the way the Sens hope.
Turris is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end and is a key part of the Senators’ roster. Dreger’s colleague Bob McKenzie said there’s been preliminary discussions between the two sides. He suspects the Turris camp could seek a seven- or eight-year deal.
Dreger said Senators head coach Guy Boucher is a big fan of Duchene and believes Boucher is pushing for him. However, the Avalanche’s asking price (a player, a prospect and a pick) remains high. Given recent discussions, that’s not a fit for the Senators at this stage.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cited Dreger’s appearance earlier yesterday on Edmonton’s TSN 1260 talking about Duchene’s status. He said there’s nothing new right now and it remains day-to-day.
Dreger said the Senators’ interest in the Avs center has been consistent for about a year now, but doubts GM Pierre Dorion is confident of landing Duchene because of the high asking price. He also believes the Columbus Blue Jackets remain keen and thinks the Nashville Predators have circled back and thinks the Anaheim Ducks “have kind of quietly been pushing as well.”
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators GM Dorion has shown serious interest in Duchene but indications are the Sens and Avs aren’t on the same page in trade discussions. He doesn’t expect to see Duchene in a Senators uniform anytime soon.
NEWSDAY: Responding to a reader’s question on the New York Islanders’ rumored interest in Duchene, Arthur Staple believes Isles GM Garth Snow hasn’t been aggressive at all pursuing the Avs’ center since the NHL draft weekend in June. Unless the Avalanche lowers their price, he doesn’t see the Isles getting involved.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To summarize: Several teams are very interested in Duchene but the Avalanche’s asking price is too expensive and he won’t be moved until the Avs lower that price. In other words, same crap, different day.
The only interesting wrinkle is how Turris’ contract talks could be a factor in the Senator’s rumored interest in Duchene. Dreger and McKenzie aren’t saying the Senators will shop Turris. However, if his contract talks with the Sens fall apart, it could prompt Dorion to consider Duchene as a possible replacement.