Latest on Duchene and Jagr – September 20, 2017
The latest trade rumors on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene plus free-agent winger Jaromir Jagr weighs his options.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports up to as many as eight teams have contacted the Colorado Avalanche about center Matt Duchene in recent days but none of those teams think they’ll get him.
Dreger said Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been among the more aggressive suitors but he thinks Dorion doesn’t believe he’ll get Duchene. Same for “Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver, the Los Angeles Kings, the Nashville Predators, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s day to day.”
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch also reports the Senators have aggressively pursue Duchene. Like Dreger, he has doubts they can acquire him, citing the high asking price set by the Avalanche. He notes the Canadiens, Predators and Carolina Hurricanes are among the clubs that had several talks with Avalanche GM Joe Sakic.
Garrioch said the Avs in the past had interest in defenseman Cody Ceci but the Sens see him as part of their building blocks on the blueline. He also suggests Duchene could be dealt sooner rather than later as he doubts the Avs want this situation dragging on into the season.
SPORTSNET: Elliotte Friedman appeared on Vancouver’s Sportsnet 650 discussing Duchene’s trade status. He doesn’t see the Canucks as a fit for the 26-year-old center.
If the Canucks are truly rebuilding, Friedman doesn’t believe it makes sense to pursue a player who could depart via free agency in two years unless they can either convince him to re-sign or intend to flip him to another club for a bigger return. He also said the last time he heard the Canucks and Avs linked in the rumor mill was 2015, when there was talk Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie might be available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting to see several new names added to the listed of supposed suitors for Duchene. Back in November 2015, the Sens were reportedly interested in the Avs center but that speculation quickly died down. As Dreger and Garrioch point out, just because the Senators have been aggressive doesn’t mean they’ll land Duchene. The Senators obviously don’t want to part with Ceci or promising Thomas Chabot. Unless the Avs lower their price, Ottawa is likely out of contention.
I agree with Friedman that the Canucks are a long shot, at best, to get Duchen. The Canadiens need a center like him but lack suitable assets to tempt Sakic.
I don’t believe Duchene’s a fit with the Flames. Sean Monahan and Mikael Backlund are their top-two centers while Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk are their top left wingers. Given the Avs reportedly high price, unless the Flames intend to package Sam Bennett with Dougie Hamilton, I don’t see Duchene heading to Calgary.
TSN: Pierre LeBrun reports free agent right wing Jaromir Jagr doesn’t intend to retire. He’s told his representatives have spoken with two or three NHL clubs in hopes of getting a new contract before the end of training camp, but that’s not a sure thing. If he doesn’t get an NHL contract, the KHL is an option.
TSN also reports KHL team HC Neftekhimik is very interested in signing Jagr.
Jaromir Jagr on signing a tryout: ‘I’m not gonna go for it. It’s funny we talk about it. After 25 years they know what kind of player I am’
— Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) September 19, 2017
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At least we know Jagr intends to keep playing professional hockey. The question is, “where?”