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Trade Matt Duchene Now

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Duchene is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound manifestation of the most dysfunctional team in Denver sports. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic made this mess.

But know what’s really messed up? The same as with many things related to operating a successful franchise, Sakic seems to have zero clue what to do about the festering Duchene situation.

Isn’t it obvious? Duchene must go. The relationship between Matty Ice and the Avs is so frosty it could send shivers down the spine of a whole army of White Walkers from “Game of Thrones.”

Truth be known, Duchene should have been gone in February, when the NHL trade deadline passed with him in a Colorado uniform. It’s no secret he expected to be dealt for desperately needed help on the blue line during the summer.

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What’s the hurry from Sakic’s perspective?

Posted by Amateur on 09/15/17 at 12:53 AM ET

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Just another example of why hiring former players isn’t always the smart play.
Sakic made a mess out of thin air.
When trade rumours started - which always happens when writers get bored and need something to write about - he could have stopped them by saying that Duchesne was his guy. End of drama - even if he did want to deal him.

And then the Islanders offered him Hamonic and a 1st for him.
I don’t care if you lose the deal, you take that trade.
I’m of the opinion that if you have a problem (especially one YOU’VE created), you fix it immediately no matter what.

And that deal isn’t a bad one. The Avs need backend help, they need Duchesne moved and they also got a 1st round pick.
Now there’s going to be a black cloud hanging over training camp and this team until something is done.

Sakic is probably praying that another top centre gets injured during training camp forcing a GM’s hand in trading for Matty D.
If that doesn’t happen, this issue will only fester and make things worse.

Posted by Hank1974 on 09/15/17 at 06:59 AM ET

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Come on Kenny, send them Abby, Helm, Glenny & DDK….make it happen!

Seriously, this has gone on way too long. I think the window of maximum value for Duchene has past.  At this point, Sakic needs to make a trade and end this distraction.

Posted by Steve1306 on 09/15/17 at 07:18 AM ET

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