Blockbuster Trade Sends Matt Duchene from Colorado to Ottawa

Matt Duchene Trade

The saga involving Matt Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche has finally ended. After a year and a half of nhl trade rumors Colorado decided to part ways with Duchene in a blockbuster trade.

Matt Duchene was shipped off to Ottawa from Colorado as the Senators traded Kyle Turris to Nashville. Turris would end up signing a six contract extension with the Predators averaged at $6 million per season. Colorado would receive prospects and picks from both Ottawa and Nashville.

There had been rumors on Saturday night, about a possible three-way trade involving Colorado, Nashville, and Ottawa. It appeared everything was in order for a trade to happen then, but the teams could not agree on the final details of the trade. So like most trades it just died, so everyone in the hockey world thought. Then Sunday night came as the New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche squared off in Brooklyn.

As first reported by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Twitter.

There had been so many names being thrown around. The one constant was Kyle Turris. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet during Hockey Night in Canada’s Saturday Headlines segment said the following on Turris:

“Everybody, for the most part, agrees that the marketplace for Kyle Turris is in the vicinity of $6.5 million [per season], ballpark, and he wants a minimum of seven or eight years. Even if [Ottawa general manager Pierre] Dorion liked those numbers it appears that he does not have the support of his ownership. Eugene Melnyk doesn’t appear in any hurry to sign him to this type of contract.”

It was clear from the beginning that Ottawa had no choice but to trade Turris before he walked in the off-season as a free agent. Nashville is a acquiring a good forward that will help their struggling offense score goals. Since coming into the league, Kyle Turris has been a consistent goal scorer and player with Arizona and Ottawa. If was tough for the Senators to give up such a vital piece of their offense, but now they have Matt Duchene. Nashville will once again be a contender in the Western Conference with the addition of Turris.

From the beginning of the season Matt Duchene did not want to be in Colorado. Ottawa adds a veteran forward and a goal scorer. Duchene had a great start for the Avalanche. He was pro and knew he needed to play for his teammates. Through 14 games, Duchene had 10 points. A new team and situation will revitalize him and allow his talents to shine. If Ottawa decides to play to Duchene with Bobby Ryan, once he returns from injury, the Senators would one of the best one-two punches in the NHL. The Ottawa Senators can make another run in the Eastern Conference with the addition of Matt Duchene.

After a while a player like Duchene just needs a change of scenery. Just like how Taylor Hall found new life in New Jersey, Matt Duchene can do the same in Ottawa. Duchene can get back to the player he was when Colorado first drafted him back in 2009. With two years remaining on his deal, Ottawa does not need to rush into resigning him anytime soon.

For Colorado, nobody will know exactly how all the prospects and picks will pan out. One thing is for sure though general manager Joe Sakic held out for what he wanted. He did not let the press influence his decision. Sakic knew what he wanted and got it. All along he wanted an NHL ready talent that could play now, a big name prospect, and multiple picks. He got that and more.

Andrew Hammond gives Colorado goaltending depth the team needs. Shane Bowers, who was Ottawa’s first round draft pick in the 2017 draft, will be ready to play in the NHL once he finishes his career with Boston University. Samuel Girard, the defenseman Colorado received from Nashville, will go right into the lineup for the Avalanche. Girard can provide some stability on the back end for the Avalanche.

Nobody can determine who won this trade now. Colorado will need to wait about four to five years to determine if the all prospects and especially the draft picks pan out in the long run. Colorado made the right deal at the right time and on their terms.

In the end all parties involved were satisfied with the deal and that is why it happened the way it did.


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