After a year of non-stop rumors and speculation, the Colorado Avalanche swung a blockbuster deal for star center, Matt Duchene. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman provided full details of the trade.
The trade is official. Now we have to find all the pieces. Duchene to OTT, Turris to NASH.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 5, 2017
Avs broadcast says Avs get Samuel Girard and Vladislav Kamenev...— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 6, 2017
And a 2nd from NASH. Also Shane Bowers, Andrew Hammond, a first and a third from OTT— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 6, 2017
So both the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators get a star center and boost their respective Stanley Cup hopes. The rebuilding Avalanche get three prospects, backup goalie Andrew Hammond and three draft picks.
Duchene—who was taken out of the Avalanche game against the New York Islanders on Sunday evening—has 10 points in 13 games so far this season. For the Senators, trading Turris made sense, as the pending UFA was unlikely to re-sign a long-term extension. Ottawa had to get something for him.
According to Friedman, the Predators instantly extended Turris to a six-year deal worth $36 million. With Ryan Johansen and Nick Bonino as their other two centers, they've undoubtedly improved their championship hopes.
For the Avalanche, Bowers (the 28th pick in 2017), Girard (a 2016 second round pick), and Kamenev (a 2014 second rounder) upgrade the team's weak prospect pool. Hammond had an impressive 20-1-2 run with the Senators in 2014-15 , taking them to the playoffs. However, he appeared in just six games last season and has spent all of the 2017-18 in the AHL.
Duchene, who was drafted third overall by the Avalanche in 2009, is among the fastest skaters in the NHL. He's scored at least 20 goals and 50 points five times each. He was also on the 2014 Canadian Olympic team in Sochi that won gold.
Turris was drafted third overall by the Arizona Coyotes in 2007. Four years later, he was traded to the Senators where he formed as a number one center and took them to the playoffs four times.
With Duchene finally traded out of Colorado, we'll see if general manager Joe Sakic finally moves towards trading captain, Gabriel Landeskog. The 2011 second overall pick was also mentioned in trade rumors last year, but nothing happened.
The NHL trade deadline is nearly four months away, but NHL fans were given quite the treat on this cold November night.
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