The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene. Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to wait for a trade. But that doesn’t mean anybody in Ottawa should go out and purchase a jersey with his name on the back. At this point, it’s believed the two sides aren’t close to a deal. Yes, the Senators are one of the most interested teams in Duchene, but they’re hardly alone, with the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators among the list of suitors that have held several talks with Colorado GM Joe Sakic, who has been working on this deal for what seems like an eternity. Though many thought this situation would be resolved before Duchene even had the opportunity to report for camp, it has dragged into September because Sakic has insisted to any team that has called that he isn’t going to give one of the club’s top forwards away unless the Avalanche get what they want in return. Part of the issue, according to league executives, is the asking price seems to be a moving target. In the past, the Avs have shown a strong interest in Ottawa blue-liner Cody Ceci, but the Senators look at him as one of their building blocks on defence and Dorion has been reticent to make that kind of deal. The Senators have been in pursuit of Duchene since Sakic first started listening to offers for him at the start of the 2015-16 campaign. He has two years and $12.5 million US left on his deal with a cap hit of $6 million per season.
Senators aggressive in pursuit of Avs' Duchene
Ottawa Sun | Sep 19