The Islanders and Avalanche have not been close to a deal for C Matt Duchene, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple.
Staple believes that the deal would have been completed if the offer had been closer. Islanders GM Garth Snow had an offer with D Travis Hamonic, the team's 2018 first-round pick, and a prospect on the table. However, Snow would not include 20-year-old center Mathew Barzal in the deal.
At the June 23 NHL Draft, Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said he didn't like any of the deals offered for Duchene.
SNY's Andy Graziano is being told the Islanders made their best offer, and unless Sakic is willing to accept picks or prospects, the deal is msot likely done.
Hamonic was traded the next day to the Calgary Flames for their 2018 first and second-round draft picks as well as a 2019 or 2020 second-round pick.
The 26-year-old Duchene has spent all eight seasons in the NHL with the Avalanche, who selected him third overall in the 2009 NHL Draft. Last season, the two-time All-Star totaled 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 77 games.