There may have been less heat on Joe Sakic to trade Matt Duchene once the Colorado Avalanche jumped out to a 4-1 start, but three straight losses may be turning that proverbial burner back up a little bit.
“I don’t know. I think the Rangers have kind of waded back into that,” said NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman during a Friday morning segment on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960. “I think you might see some teams out there who are saying, ‘Well, maybe we’re more interested in the deal right now.’ I think the Rangers waded back into that. I don’t know if there’s a fit. I still think Duchene is getting traded. I just think it’s going to be a matter of when.
“I just don’t think Montreal, I don’t see now that Montreal has traded Sergachev, I don’t know if they have the asset to make that work. I don’t know if a young, left-shooting defenseman – I don’t know if they got that. Other situations have that, but I don’t think Montreal does.”
At the end of the segment, as tends to be the case with this particular radio hit weekly, Friedman was asked what he’s working on for the weekend for the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
“I think one thing we’re going to take a look at is has the trade talk picked up a lot, just because there are some teams out there that are really struggling,” noted Friedman.
“I think, like I said, I think the Rangers kind of fished in around Duchene. Has anyone else kind of looked at that.
“I just think now we’re starting to see that separation. As I wrote this week, there’s some really tense, tense organizations.
“I think we’ll get some closure on Athanasiou, finally, in the next 24 hours. Whether he signs a one-year deal in Detroit or he goes and plays overseas with an out clause, I think he’s going to sign because he’s got to play one way or the other.
“I think that’s some of the stuff we’re going to get through over the next little while.”
Source: Sportsnet 960