The Ottawa Senators have acquired Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche, per Elliotte Friedman. After a three way trade also involving the Nashville Predators was reported to be nixed earlier this weekend, the deal has been completed.
Acquiring a star centre comes at a hefty price, however, as Ottawa has dealt Kyle Turris to the Nashville Predators. The blockbuster involves nine moving pieces in total. Here is the full breakdown:
OTTAWA ACQUIRES: Matt Duchene
OTTAWA TRADES: Kyle Turris, Andrew Hammond, Shane Bowers, conditional 2018 1st round pick*, 2019 3rd round pick
COLORADO ACQUIRES: Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, Shane Bowers, Andrew Hammond, conditional 2018 1st round pick (from Ottawa)*, 2018 2nd round pick (from Nashville), 2019 3rd round pick (from Ottawa)
COLORADO TRADES: Matt Duchene
NASHVILLE ACQUIRES: Kyle Turris
NASHVILLE TRADES: Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev, 2018 2nd round pick
*If Ottawa’s 2018 1st round pick ends up being a top 10 pick, the Sens have the option to give Colorado their 2019 1st round pick instead.
Matt Duchene, the Avalanche’s 3rd overall pick in 2009, left the ice in the middle of a game vs the New York Islanders. He already has four goals and ten points in 13 games this season (not including his 1:59 against the Islanders), after posting a disappointing 41 points in 77 GP during Colorado’s historically bad 2016-17 season. His contract carries one more year after this season, at a cap hit of $6 million.
Leaving the Senators organization is Kyle Turris, who after 407 games in seven seasons for the franchise finishes in the top twelve for goals (117), assists (157) and points (274). He also has sole possession of the most OT playoff goals in Sens history (3). Since he was acquired from Phoenix in 2011, Turris had grown to become a fan favourite, making his impact in the community working with the Capital City Condors.
Turris is on a bargain of a contract with a cap hit of $3.5 million, although it expires after this season. He’s agreed to a six year extension with the Predators at an average annual value of $6 million (total $36 million).
Also leaving the Senators are Andrew Hammond and Shane Bowers. Hammond will be remembered in Ottawa for stellar 20-1-2 run to the 2015 playoffs. After dealing with multiple injuries, since, he’s currently in the AHL on the final year of his contract, with a .925 save percentage through seven games.
Bowers is Ottawa’s first round pick from the 2017 draft, selected 28th overall. Playing for Boston University, the forward has four goals and six points in ten games thus far.
The trade comes at a steep price for Ottawa, although in return they receive the asset they’ve been coveting for years. Welcome to Ottawa, Matt Duchene!
Update: Andrew Hammond will remain on loan to the Belleville Senators, and the Avalanche are expected to try to flip him to another team.