The Colorado Avalanche finally moved on from Matt Duchene by trading the star forward to the Ottawa Senators as part of a monster three-way deal on Sunday, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. The Nashville Predators receive forward Kyle Turris in the trade, which sends picks and prospects to Colorado.
The Avalanche receive defenseman Samuel Girard, forward Vladislav Kamenev, and a second-round pick from Nashville, and forward Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond, a first-round pick, and a third-round pick from Ottawa.
As part of the deal, Turris will sign a six-year, $36 million extension with the Predators.
Duchene, who has another year-plus at a $6 million cap hit remaining on his current deal, became a common topic in trade rumors over the past year as the Avalanche fielded offers for one of their best players. As Colorado sank into a disastrous 2016-17 season, the talk of Duchene being moved only got louder.
By the beginning of the 2017-18 season, it had become widely believed that Avalanche GM Joe Sakic would finally pull the trigger on the deal soon. There were reports tying many different teams to the talented forward.
Now the Senators get Duchene at a reasonable price for the next year-plus before he’s eligible to hit unrestricted free agency. The team had to give up Turris, who would’ve become a free agent at the end of the season, but the move gives them an immediate dose of speed while they try to win with Erik Karlsson in his prime.
Duchene is coming off a disappointing season on a team where just about every player struggled. In 77 regular season games, he recorded 18 goals and 23 assists. That’s way down from the previous season, in which he put up 30 goals and 29 assists in 76 games. This season, he has 10 points in 13 games.
Over his eight-year NHL career, Duchene has posted five 20-goal seasons and five 55-point seasons. He set a career-high with 70 points in 71 games as a 23-year-old during the 2013-14 season, when the Avalanche miraculously won 52 games under then-head coach Patrick Roy.
The Avalanche originally selected Duchene with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. Only center John Tavares and defenseman Victor Hedman were picked ahead of him. That top three is looking pretty good in 2017.