The trade market for Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, once considered a near-lock to be moved either during this past season season or in advance of this summer's free agency, has been rather quiet.
But it isn't quite dead yet, if reports from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and ongoing speculation around the league are to be taken seriously.

If the Avalanche budge and ultimately move their much-discussed trade chip, here are three of the best -- and most likely -- landing spots for the 26-year-old forward:

3. Columbus Blue Jackets

Artemi Panarin is in town with Brandon Saad back in Chicago, but Duchene could make for a top-rate second-liner ahead of Brandon Dubinsky. His face-off skills would bode well for John Tortorella's unit, too. More so than he might be able to do with, say, the Boston Bruins, the Avalanche forward could contribute behind plenty of others from the Blue Jackets bench and give a team with eyes on a deep postseason run more scoring talent, not to mention potential long-term value.