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February 7, 2012 | 10:04am ET
Jones aware of trade rumors

According to the Denver Post, Avalanche forward David Jones is aware his name is likely to come up in trade rumors between now and the Feb. 27 deadline.

The 27-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and the winger has yet to engage in contract talks with the club's management.

"I know, being a UFA next year, there's always that possibility (of a trade)," Jones told the Post. "Other guys in that situation, there have been some trades the last few years. I think it's maybe in the back of your mind sometimes, but I try not to think about it and just control what I can out there. At the end of the day, if we're winning and making a push for the playoffs, I don't think they make any moves."

Unfortunately, Jones has not performed up to expectations so far this season, collecting only 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points in 44 contests, in comparison to last year's breakout season when he tied for the team lead with 27 goals.

Jones, who currently earns $2.5 million, was a healthy scratch on Thursday against the Minnesota Wild, but played Saturday and scored a goal in the shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks.

"We're looking for offense from some guys, and I think Jonesy is one of those guys who has to step up," coach Joe Sacco added. "He did last game, so maybe that's a good sign for us."

Meanwhile, forward Matt Duchene was back on skates for approximately 20 minutes on Monday for the first time since Dec. 29. Although he remains out indefinitely, Sacco was encouraged by the center's progress.

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