Darren Dreger was drilled for his latest thoughts on the matter during a Monday afternoon radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260, and was asked what, in his eyes, will be the domino that moves this situation along.

“It seems like it’s going to have to be the right defenseman,” said Dreger. “At the draft, on the draft floor, it was believed that the package had to include a young left-shot defenseman – very specific to the type of player that Joe Sakic was searching for. And there were a number of other assets that had to be included in that package.

“I still hear rumblings of the Columbus Blue Jackets being as likely as any team, and I know that there are still a few teams that are keenly interested in Matt Duchene. But when I look at some of the goings on in Columbus, it does make some sense. You’ve got Ryan Murray there, who – he hasn’t been able to stay healthy with the Blue Jackets. Because of that, maybe there’s – I don’t know – it’s just a sense that there’s time for change. You’ve got Josh Anderson there, who I think is a real good young player – he can’t seem to lure the Blue Jackets into a real good contract negotiation, something that they’re both satisfied with.”

“Well there’s two elements that could be part of a trade scenario,” chuckled Dreger, “And maybe Jarmo Kekalainen can kick in another piece or two and get this thing settled.

“But I also think that at some point soon, very soon, Sakic is going to have to realize that maybe the best deal is already past, right, and what’s best for the organization now is just remove the distraction. Duchene is trying to do his best not to be that, not to be a distraction, but I can assure you that Pat Brisson, who represents Matt Duchene, and Duchene himself, probably said to Joe Sakic, ‘Look, let’s deal with this in the offseason please.’ Because you don’t want to have to go into camp, and now he’s in camp, you don’t want to have to go into the regular season and face all of this on a day-by-day basis.