Matt Duchene has been moved, yes, but the Colorado Avalanche may not necessarily be done dealing.
At various points that the Duchene trade rumors were swirling, both Gabriel Landeskog and Tyson Barrie found themselves included in that sort of chatter around the league.
During Friday’s pregame show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 before the Avalanche and Senators squared off in Sweden, NHL Insider and new grandfather Bob McKenzie was asked by Ian Mendes if Joe Sakic was done, or if the team is still somewhat open for business.
“I think they’re still somewhat open for business,” considered McKenzie. “But they’re a more competitive team this year. The house is not on fire right now like it was last year. They knew they had an unhappy camper in Matt Duchene.
“And in fairness to Duchene, he wasn’t always an unhappy camper. He started to be an unhappy camper around the time that Patrick Roy kind of threw him under the bus in Roy’s last year there where in a blowout game Duchene celebrated a goal when they were getting beat by five or six. He scored and after the game Patrick Roy said, ‘What is that’ and basically publically rebuked and admonished Duchene for celebrating in a game where the Avalanche were getting the tar beaten out of them.
“And it wasn’t long after that the word filtered out at the beginning of last season that Joe Sakic and the Avalanche were shopping Matt Duchene. And when Matt Duchene heard that, I think he was pretty upset about it. So he didn’t always want out.
“But in any case, Landeskog is a guy that’s never wanted out, but they felt like when things were going down the drain last year that those were two players that would have currency and would get them back some of the many things that they needed to make this team better. Now that they’re a more competitive team, I don’t know that they’d be as quick to move Landeskog. I think they’d listen on just about anybody. But I don’t think they have as burning a desire to shake things up as much as they did last year.”
Landeskog, due to celebrate his 25th birthday in a few weeks, has this season and three more remaining on his seven-year, $39 million contract, which carries a cap hit of a little less than $5.6 million.
In July his modified no-trade clause will kick in on that pact, although it doesn’t afford him too much protection. He can submit a list of 19 teams to which he’d accept a trade.
Barrie, 26, was referenced by Mendes and not McKenzie, and his contract includes a $5.5 million cap hit.
The defenseman is in Year Two of a four-season deal and does not have any trade protection.