Matt Duchene has heard the rumblings for a while, going back to last season, but the Colorado Avalanche star doesn't seem too worked up about it.
Duchene, 26, has been the subject of several trade rumors this season, prompted by the fact the Avs are entertain calls and offers for him and team captain Gabe Landeskog.
With two years left on his contract after this season, Duchene is a hot commodity for a number of teams, though a trade is not guaranteed to go down, especially not before the March 1 trade deadline.
It all comes down to which teams are willing to cough up the high asking price Avalanche GM Joe Sakic has put out there -- a young-stud defenseman, a top prospect and a first-round draft pick.
The Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning are among the teams interested in Duchene, who is taking everything in stride.
"Honestly, I kind of look at it the other way. I look at a bit more as a compliment, maybe that people want to come watch me play and maybe want me on their team. That's the way I try and look at it," Duchene told reporters earlier today. "I'm a glass-half-full type of guy; I try to spin things the best I can. I've been trying to take some energy from that and move forward."
Duchene, who grew up a Patrick Roy fan, following his tenures in Montreal and Colorado, faces the Habs Tuesday night in Denver, and the Montreal media is keeping a close eye on the situation.
"I love playing against the Canadiens; it's always pretty special, especially at the Bell Centre," Duchene said.
Whether a trade happens now, in the off-season, or not at all, Duchene's primary concern is on turning this season around. He admitted that, more than the trade rumors, are what's bothered him the most this season.
Trade talks will continue this month, leading up to the deadline, but again, unless a team is willing to fork over a significant package for Duchene, he won't be dealt.