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February 23, 2017 | 9:30pm ET
Sens back in Duchene race?
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The Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche appear to have reengaged trade discussions surrounding Avs center Matt Duchene.

Veteran Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater reported talks between the two clubs have picked up, with a "sticking point" being that of Senators prospect Colin White.

White, 20, is currently playing at Boston College, where he has picked up 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in 29 games.

Drafted 21st overall by Ottawa in the 2015 NHL Draft, White is considered one of the Senators' top prospects, along with defenseman Thomas Chabot, who was picked 18th overall that same year.

The Avs have also expressed interest in Senators defenseman Cody Ceci, and he could be a centerpiece in a trade for Duchene, as Ottawa has refused to part with Chabot.

Ceci, 23, has one-year left on his contract after this season. While his salary cap hit is $2.8 million, he will earn $3.35 million next season before being eligible to become a restricted free agent July 1, 2018.

On Wednesday, Senators GM Pierre Dorion revealed that owner Eugene Melnyk has given him the green light to add major pieces to his roster, if he feels the deal makes sense.

Trade talks are likely to carry on throughout the next five days, as the March 1 trade deadline fast approaches.

 
 
 

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