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Dreger addresses Matt Duchene trade rumors

11/13/2015 at 12:45pm EST

From TSN's Darren Dreger:

Thursday's Insider Trading segment created a buzz around the NHL with news the Colorado Avalanche is considering trading Matt Duchene.

Credit to long-time Avs beat writer, Adrian Dater for putting us on this trail. As we reported, there has been conversation between Ottawa and Colorado, and some believe that as long as the Avalanche are willing to keep Duchene in trade conversations, the Sens - as well as other teams - will continue to listen and investigate the possibilities.

Duchene displayed his talent on Thursday night, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Boston.

It seems unlikely Avs general manager Joe Sakic will move Duchene. Sakic might be using Duchene’s name as fodder in trade discussions that could lead to an entirely different move involving different players.

The reality is, Colorado is feeling the pain of past decisions to trade Ryan O'Reilly rather than sign him, and allowing Paul Stastny to get scooped by the St Louis Blues as a free agent. The Avs may have been able to manage without one of the two players, but not having either has taken a toll.

There doesn't appear to be a sense of desperation in Colorado, but there has been an ample amount of frustration which may have prompted Sakic to start making calls. Ottawa is equally frustrated from the top down, so the two teams potentially doing business makes a lot of sense.

Continued with talk about the All-Star Game's format, the Boston Bruins' goaltending and World Cup coaching decisions.

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