What are you expecting to get from Matt Duchene if you trade for him?

A Calder Trophy finalist in his rookie season, Duchene’s production has been all over the map in his eight-season career. Peaking as nearly a point-per-game player in 2012-13 and 2013-14 (43 points in 47 games and 70 in 71 respectively), his totals have tumbled since. For two years Duchene dipped into the 55-point range, totals that equate to his rookie production — notably he reached 30 goals in one of those seasons. In 2016-17 he put up 41 points for the worst mark of his career over a full schedule. So although the Avalanche probably should be looking to move him for some young assets or at least help on defence while Duchene is still two years away from unrestricted free agency, his value may be at the lowest point of his career.

The Avalanche had the worst season of any NHL team in the salary cap era, so the pressure is on to win any Duchene trade. The whiffed on the return for Ryan O’Reilly in 2015 and can’t afford a similar result here. The reported asking price is high, which hasn’t squared with how interested teams view Duchene fitting into their lineup.

“People look at him as a complementary No. 2 as opposed to a No. 1 cornerstone,” Elliotte Friedman said on Prime Time Sports this summer.

Last week, trade rumours around Duchene ramped up again when he was absent from the team’s pre-training camp, an informal skate that was in no way mandatory.

Nonetheless, since he was only one of two who wasn’t there — and Nathan MacKinnon had a league media obligation in New York to attend — there has been follow-up speculation about whether or not Duchene will attend formal camp which opens on Thursday. BSN Denver reporter Adrian Dater asked the question to Duchene’s agent Pat Brisson, who simply said “I don’t have much to say at this point.”