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February 8, 2017 | 10:31am ET
Sens balking at Duchene asking price

The Ottawa Senators have inquired about Colorado Avalanche star center Matt Duchene, but for now, it appears they're out of the running based on the price tag.

Senators GM Pierre Dorion has been scouting the trade market, looking for a top-six forward to add to his roster, and kicked the tires on Duchene and teammate Gabriel Landeskog.

However, according to both TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Senators are not believed to be a match, right now.

The Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators are among the teams in pursuit of Duchene.

The Senators are believed to be focusing elsewhere, having expressed interest in Arizona Coyotes center Martin Hanzal and St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund.

Meanwhile, as the Ottawa Sun reports, the Senators are unlikely to trade 2013 first-round draft pick Curtis Lazar, even though he's been sitting in the press box for a chunk of the season.

According to the Sun's Bruce Garrioch, the Sens would want "a high-end pick or a young player in return," which makes it unlikely a trade will be made as teams are not interested in paying that price.


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