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Friedman: Predators will be ‘interesting team to watch’ on Duchene front

Chris Nichols



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With Joe Sakic’s reportedly steep asking price for Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, the conventional wisdom in recent months has been that either move – if made – would be a ‘hockey trade’ more easily made around the draft than in-season.

The haul that John Chayka netted from Chuck Fletcher in the Martin Hanzal trade over the weekend may have also only reinforced Sakic’s notion that he should be commanding a pretty penny for either star forward.

Duchene has an additional two seasons left on his contract beyond 2016-17, while Landeskog has another four.

Hanzal is on an expiring contract, and will most likely merely be a rental for the Minnesota Wild.

“The one thing I heard last night was when I saw and what other guys saw what Hanzal went for, they’re like, ‘This is not going to decrease Colorado’s price at all,’” said NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman during a Monday morning radio segment on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960. “That was good for Colorado, I think. And I do believe that. I think Colorado is going to hold. They will rather make no trade than a bad trade.

Friedman wonders about potential of Duchene deal with Penguins

“I wouldn’t be surprised now if some teams circle back. I really think Nashville is going to be an interesting team to watch in all of this. They have a hole down the middle. They’d like to add. David Poile in the last two years has shown no fear of making a big move. He’s made two of the biggest trades in the NHL the last two years. But it’s going to be a big price. You know if you’re doing business with Colorado, it’s going to cost you. I could see that being a draft trade as opposed to a trade now.

“But what Minnesota did yesterday and what Arizona did yesterday, it says to me that Colorado is going to say, ‘Hey, look what they got for a rental. We’re not dropping our prices for a guy who’s signed for two years.’

“And in Landeskog’s case, a guy who’s signed even longer than that.”

Source: Sportsnet 960

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