Latest Update in Duchene Rumor Mill – September 19, 2017
The Matt Duchene trade rumor mill chugs on. Read on for the latest.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cites comments by TSN’s Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun during separate radio interviews on Monday regarding the trade status of Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene.
Dreger believes Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic still seeks a young left-shot defenseman as part of the return. He claims he’s still hearing rumblings the Columbus Blue Jackets being as likely as any team, knowing there are several keenly interested in Duchene.
Dreger suggests defenseman Ryan Murray and winger Josh Anderson, who’s currently without a contract, as possible trade chips. Dreger and colleague Bob McKenzie reports of no progress in contract talks between the Jackets and Anderson.
LeBrun, meanwhile, recalls Sakic telling him during the 2017 NHL Draft that the Avs wouldn’t trade the center “unless we get what we believe is our standard of return for what a Matt Duchene trade would look for.” He recalls Sakic saying he was prepared to wait through the summer and into training camp to find the right deal.
Like Dreger, LeBrun also believes the Blue Jackets have shown a lot of interest. He also recalls the Nashville Predators had also pursued Duchene leading up to the 2017 draft but couldn’t get a deal done.
BSN DENVER: Adrian Dater reports Duchene said he’s just taking things a day at a time regarding his future with the Avalanche. Dater notes Duchene hasn’t let the trade rumors distract him and he’s looked good so far in training camp. He also cites sources saying things are quiet on the trade talk front since training camp opened. Interested clubs might want to see how Duchene starts the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the surface, nothing’s really changed. Duchene appears to want out. Sakic is apparently willing to listen to offers. There are several teams (Columbus, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Montreal, NY Islanders) thought to be interested or linked to Duchene in early-summer trade speculation. Sakic’s asking price is supposedly quite high, with a young, established top-four defenseman with a left-handed shot as the centerpiece of the return. Interested clubs probably want to see if Duchene can rebounded from a disappointing performance last season.
The only notable difference could be Anderson’s contract standoff with the Jackets. If the two sides are unable to reach an agreement, I wonder if the Jackets might package the winger with Murray and a high draft pick or a prospect. Perhaps that package might tempt Sakic? Time will tell.