Latest Duchene Rumors – October 9, 2017
The latest trade speculation on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene in your NHL rumor mill.
FANRAG SPORTS NETWORK: Chris Nichols cited NHL insider Elliotte Friedman’s appearances Friday on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 and Edmonton’s 630 CHED discussing the trade drama regarding Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene. Friedman still believes Duchene will be traded, suggesting it’s just a matter of when. If he plays well it’ll make him easier to move. He also believes the Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators could still be circling.
TSN: In his recent bold predictions for this season, Frank Seravalli thinks the Montreal Canadiens will address their lack of offense by acquiring Duchene before Christmas. He said Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is keeping tabs on the Avs’ asking price.
THE DENVER POST: Mike Chambers reports former Avalanche great Peter Forsberg believes his former club should bench Duchene and trade him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Forsberg, however, isn’t the Avalanche general manager. His old teammate Joe Sakic holds that honor. Benching Duchene won’t help his trade value. If the center truly wants a change of scenery, he’ll work hard and be a good teammate in order to make himself more enticing to potential suitors in the trade market.
Other than Forsberg’s comments, there’s nothing really new regarding the Duchene story. There are several teams with varying degrees of interest in him, with Columbus likely leading the pack. The Avs’ reported high asking price (young top-four defenseman and/or young forward, first-round pick, top prospect) is the reason why he hasn’t been dealt yet.
The Canadiens certainly have the cap space to absorb Duchene’s $6 million annual cap hit. Unless Sakic lowers his asking price , I don’t think the Habs have sufficient assets to land him.