Latest on Duchene & Galchenyuk – October 24, 2017
The latest on Matt Duchene and Alex Galchenyuk in your NHL rumor roundup.
BSN DENVER: In a recent mailbag segment, Adrian Dater addressed questions over the never-ending trade speculation regarding Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene. While Dater believes the 26-year-old center wants a change of scenery and Dater is concerned his status could become a distraction as time goes on, he doesn’t think there’s growing frustration on Duchene’s part that he hasn’t been dealt yet.
Despite the potential awkwardness of this situation, Dater also doubts a trade is imminent. He believes Avs general manager Joe Sakic won’t trade Duchene until he gets full value in return. At a minimum, that includes “a real good defenseman and/or a real good defensive prospect and probably a draft pick and/or another prospect.”
Duchene’s contract runs through 2018-19 and Dater doesn’t believe the Avs will let him depart via free agency for nothing. Depending upon the Avs record this season, he thinks Duchene will be dealt by the Feb. 26 trade deadline at the latest.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with most possible trades, we likely won’t have any inkling that a Duchene deal is coming until it actually happens. His eventual destination could even surprise us. For now, however, it certainly doesn’t appear as though the Avs are any closer to moving Duchene.
Like Dater, I can see this dragging on up to the trade deadline. It also wouldn’t surprise me if this carries over into next summer. By that point, Duchene will have one season left on his contract and interested clubs could seek permission to discuss signing him if they acquire him via trade.
TSN: Darren Dreger reports there was some interest in Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk in the trade market. He said the Pittsburgh Penguins looked at the 23-year-old before acquiring Riley Sheahan on Saturday from the Detroit Red Wings. The Canadiens currently can’t seem to find a fit for Galchenyuk as a center or as a scoring-line winger. The Habs are also dealing from a position of weakness right now. Jamie McLennan believes it’s up to Galchenyuk to improve his performance.
As for roster weaknesses, while the Canadiens need help beyond their top defense pairing, center remains the glaring issue. If the Habs don’t improve soon, perhaps by the 20-game mark, Dreger feels Bergevin might have to do something drastic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Galchenyuk’s trade value has likely plummeted since the summer. Sure, there are probably general managers who believe a trade could help the young forward regain his 30-goal touch. The problem for the Habs right now is they won’t get a return that provides immediate help. If Galchenyuk’s performance improves it will also bolster his trade value, but it could also make Habs management leery of moving him.