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February 14, 2017 | 10:58am ET
Sens likely out of Duchene sweepstakes

Unless the price tag goes down on Colorado Avalanche star forward Matt Duchene, the Ottawa Senators aren't expected to pay a premium to acquire him.

In an interview on TSN 1200 in Ottawa on Monday, Senators GM Pierre Dorion admitted a trade for a big name player doesn't seem to be in the cards.

Dorion did not mention Duchene or Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog specifically, due to tampering restrictions, but confirmed he's spoken with Colorado GM Joe Sakic.

Senators GM Pierre Dorion, speaking on TSN 1200 after the clubís skate at the Canadian Tire Centre Monday, confirmed he has held talks with Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic about a possible trade but indicated a deal isnít realistic because of the asking price.

"I've talked to (Sakic), as I've talked a lot of my other counterparts, and maybe some names aren't out there," Dorion told TSN1200, as quoted by the Ottawa Sun. "It's the right thing to do to kick tires to find out what's available and what's not available from their team.

"I don't think the reports are always accurate and sometimes it's better to hear from the horse's mouth. Joe and I talked and, at this point in time, I can't see us going in that direction. It wouldn't make sense. We want to do something to try to improve the team and making deals is very difficult to do."

According to the Sun, the Avs are asking for Sens defenseman Cody Ceci, a first-round draft pick and at least one more asset, likely one of top prospects Thomas Chabot or Colin White, something Dorion clearly isn't biting on.

"If we can improve our depth or improve a position it might be something that we look at but there's nothing really specific at this point in time," Dorion added.


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