Colorado Avalanche: Evaluating the Return for Matt Duchene

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 11: Matt Duchene
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 11: Matt Duchene /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 04: Michal Neuvirth /

The Colorado Avalanche received little immediate return for center Matt Duchene. It’s all about the future for the team.

The Colorado Avalanche got a haul for Matt Duchene. I’m just not convinced we’re looking at quality in addition to quantity. There is some uncertainty in what the team got in return for someone who’s been one of their best players for years.

The trade was a complicated one:

  • Colorado Avalanche sent Matt Duchene to Ottawa Senators
  • Ottawa Senators sent Shane Bowers, Andrew Hammond, 2018 1st-round draft pick, 2019 3rd-round draft pick to Colorado Avalanche
  • Ottawa Senators sent Kyle Turris to Nashville Predators
  • Nashville Predators sent Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, 2nd-round draft pick to Colorado Avalanche

The media created a circus around Duchene that lasted for two years. The end result was that he wanted a trade. Rumor has it he officially asked for a trade last December. I’m not going to comment any further on all of that because the trade is a reality now, and we might as well look at what’s in our trick-or-treating bag.