Avalanche coach Jared Bednar met with the media before Monday’s Columbus Day matinee against the Boston Bruins and said he has not seen what former Avs center Peter Forsberg said he suggests the team should do with center Matt Duchene. But Bednar has much to say about what has become one of the NHL’s most interesting stories. Forsberg, a 2016 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, said the Avalanche should “bench and trade” Duchene, who reported to training camp Sept. 14 expecting to be traded before the season. “I think Matt’s a top player for us right now, arguably our best forward last game, so I like the way we’re handling the situation. I like the way he’s handling it. He’s here to play and his line has been real good,” Bednar said. Forsberg made his comments from Sweden during a television broadcast of the Avalanche’s 4-1 loss at New Jersey on Saturday. Forsberg said having Duchene on a team he doesn’t want to play for takes energy away from the team. “I disagree with that,” Bednar said. “It’s hard for someone to say that that’s outside of our room, you know? These guys have been together for a long time and we’re focusing on winning hockey games, and he’s a big part of that.” Duchene was on the trade block late last season before the March 1 deadline, and remained there throughout the summer.
Avs coach rejects Peter Forsberg's views on how to handle Duchene
Denver Post | Oct 9