If Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic pulls the trigger on a trade involving young star center Matt Duchene, it will result in a very high return coming back.
During Thursday night's "Insider Trading" segment on TSN, Bob McKenzie reported the Avs are asking for "three high-end pieces or four high-end pieces for Duchene."
Sakic's preference, according to McKenzie, is to acquire a young, established NHL player between the ages of 20-24, a top prospect and a first-round pick.
The Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams interested in Duchene, who has two-years remaining on his contract after this season.
Montreal's Director of Pro Scouting, Eric Crawford, took in Wednesday night's Avs game in Los Angeles against the Kings, adding fuel to the fire, while the Avalanche and Kings have been speaking at length about both Duchene and Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog, whom the Kings are believed to have more interest in, given the price tags.
Duchene has picked up 15 goals and 14 assists for 29 points in 43 games with the Avs so far this season.