It finally happened.
The Colorado Avalanche have traded forward Matt Duchene to the Ottawa Senators as part of a three team trade that also includes the Nashville Predators.
Things break down as follows: centre Kyle Turris has been traded to the Predators, with goalie Andrew Hammond, prospect Shane Bowers and a pair of draft picks going to Colorado. Colorado also gets prospects Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and a draft pick from Nashville.
There was word as recently as Friday that a trade between the three teams had fallen through, but it looks like there were some pieces to put back together because the deal is done now.
In Duchene, the Senators get a forward capable of playing some serious hockey. The 26-year-old from Haliburton, Ontario, has 10 points in 13 games with the Avalanche this season but was in the middle of trade talks for what seems like years.
Duchene was a first round pick for Colorado in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and he’s been a fixture on the Avalanche ever since, but the relationship has soured over the years. In 585 games, all in Denver, he has 178 goals and 250 assists for a total of 428 points.
His best season to date was in 2013-2014, when he picked up 70 points in 71 games. He has never scored over 30 goals in a season, however.
Duchene was actually traded in the middle of Colorado’s game against the New York Islanders on Sunday. He was pulled from the ice when the deal went down.
Turris was set to be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season and there were no indications that he was going to re-sign with the Senators. That made him an attractive piece of the puzzle for the Predators, who clearly ponied up some possibilities to generate interest.
One of the speculated reasons for the hold up in this trade was that Turris was uninterested in signing a long-term deal with Nashville, but that seems to be water under the bridge now. Elliotte Friedman has reported that the former Senator will be signing a six-year contract with the Predators.
Colorado has done well with this trade, obviously. They had the biggest piece of interest in Duchene and it looks like they were able to sweep together plenty of pieces in exchange. That’s a good morale boost for a franchise in desperate need of a win of this magnitude, plus it helps get rid of some rather pressing baggage.
And now Duchene can get back down to playing hockey, which is another good thing to come out of this long overdue swap.