The Avalanche are open to trading C Matt Duchene, with Colorado perhaps seeking a young defenseman or defensive prospects in return, reports Elliotte Friedman of TSN.
"Now, if you're asking about Matt Duchene or Gabriel Landeskog, from what I understand, teams have been told they're not giving these guys because they're panicking," Friedman said. "If you want to come at [the Avalanche] with good, young defencemen or prospects, [they] are prepared to listen. But the packages are going to have to be big because they look at both [players] and see good players signed to good contracts."
Duchene, 25, has 13 goals and 11 assists in 33 games this season.
He has 169 goals and 232 assists in 528 games spanning eight seasons in the NHL -- all with Colorado.
Duchene is signed through the 2018-19 season, with an annual cap hit of $6 million.
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There are a couple of things that prohibit GM Garth Snow in making a deal for a talent such as Duchene. First and foremost is figuring out how to fit his $6 million annual salary onto the books with a little more than $4 million in cap room and John Tavares due for an extension after next season.
What also needs to be taken into account is the fact that New York still has only six defenseman on the roster and $950k of Jaroslav Halak's contract buried. Mikhail Grabovski, as far fetched as it seems, still wants to try and come back, making LTIR not a realistic option for Snow at the present time and even so, that cannot be counted on as 'free cap,' anyway.
Then there is the cost, as Friedman notes above.
Ryan Pulock is injured yet again in Bridgeport, possibly on a 'week to week' basis. And after him, the word 'prospect' is not something exactly synonymous with Sound Tiger defensemen. It seems Colorado is not craving young, forward talent -- something the Islanders would have an easier time fitting into a package.
I wonder if Avalanche GM Joe Sakic would even consider Travis Hamonic, at this point, as a cornerstone of a package for a scorer such as Duchene. Something tells me he wouldn't.