On the Colorado Avalanche …
Adrian Dater of BSN Denver: Avalanche GM Joe Sakic still hasn’t received a trade offer for Matt Duchene that he likes. Duchene contract is up after next season, but he’ll likely be traded before then.
It’s well known that the Avs want a top young defenseman or a blue-chip defenseman prospect.
wonders about the return if the Avs were to include defenseman Nikita Zaderov? Would the other team think? “They just threw in a young, former first-round pick lefty D-man, who is signed at a reasonable contract for the next two years, to the Duchene package. I think we can give up XYZ young D-man now, because Zadorov gives us a little more insurance.”
This is just wondering as it might make some sense.
On the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens …
Chris Nichols of FanRag Sports: Bob McKenzie was on TSN 690 and talking about the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens and how they have been talking.
“You’ve got to be a little bit careful too and not jump to the conclusion that just because they were there that something is imminent. Last I heard, and again it’s always subject to change with one phone call, but it wasn’t front-burner, pot-boiling, ready to make a transaction as much as it was two teams that are on really hard times talking to each other about some possibilities.”
Pierre LeBrun on TSN 690 on the Rangers-Canadiens speculation.
“Not a whole lot,” noted LeBrun. “The one comment that I heard from a source is that for the Rangers, this was more sort of a ‘file away the game for perhaps something down the road,’ which you see a lot of this time of year. Pierre Dorion himself was in Brooklyn last night, not even at his own game. Kevin Cheveldayoff was at a Habs game last week. There are a lot of GMs that sneak into Toronto without even their name being posted. So you see a lot of that this time of year where GMs run out of time and can’t do it in person try to get in as many games themselves as the eye test.