The Matt Duchene saga has finally come to an end as Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche received the deal they were looking for via a three-team trade.
It wasn’t easy to get here, and speculation has been going on for months, but Duchene has ended up with the Ottawa Senators. In turn, the Senators shipped Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators, who immediately turned around and signed the 28-year-old Turris to a six-year contract extension worth $36 million.
Colorado received a large haul for dealing Duchene. From Ottawa, they received the 2018 first and third-round draft picks, as well as prospect Shane Bowers, who was a 2017 first round draft choice, as well as goalie Andrew Hammond. Nashville, on the other hand, sends over their 2018 second-round draft pick, as well as prospects Samuel Girard and Vladislav Kamenev.
Interestingly enough, the Avalanche were in the midst of a game when the trade was finalized. Duchene appeared to have taken two shifts against the New York Islanders before he was pulled out of the game and notified of the trade.
To add to the drama, in Duchene’s first two games for the Senators, he will suit up and play against his former squad and teammates.
While the next couple of games might be a bit crazy for Matt Duchene, we’re happy to hear that the non-stop rumors will finally be put to rest. Duchene is now a member of the Ottawa Senators, and it will stay that way for the foreseeable future.