Matt Duchene's messy divorce from the Avalanche is inevitable, but not imminent. Long the subject of trade speculation, general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday he expects the star center to attend training camp in Colorado when the team reconvenes later this month. And while he remains open for business, the notoriously stubborn Sakic has yet to receive an offer for Duchene that meets his liking. “I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts,” he told The Denver Post. “But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.” Duchene, drafted third overall in 2009, is coming off his worst season as a pro, with just 18 goals and 41 points for the last-place Avs. Nevertheless, a Duchene trade has been anticipated, if not expected, since June's draft, when a market for the 26-year-old's service theoretically intensified. It picked up again July 1, with any number of teams — the Blue Jackets, Predators and Canadiens reportedly among them — involved in discussions.
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic: Matt Duchene trade talks 'quiet on all fronts'
Sporting News | Aug 17