NOVEMBER 4, 2017 | 3:10pm ET
DUCHENE, TURRIS TRADE NIXED BECAUSE OF PREDATORS?
Matt Duchene, centre
The Nashville Predators were smack in the middle of Colorado and Ottawa's trade talks involving forward Matt Duchene and were close to completing a three-way trade with them.
However, the trade fizzled late Friday night and has hit a dead end, unless talks pick up in the near future.
TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger first reported the news via Twitter late Friday, and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman later added that the Predators would have ended up with center Kyle Turris from the Senators as part of the blockbuster deal that didn't happen.
According to Dreger and his TSN colleague Bob McKenzie, the Senators were ready to pull the trigger and the Avalanche appeared to have been ready, as well. The snag, it would appear, stemmed from the Predators side of things.
It's unclear as to why, exactly, the deal fell apart, though McKenzie speculated in an interview earlier today on TSN 1200 in Ottawa that it could have resulted in the Predators being unable to sign Turris to a contract extension, or not being allowed to negotiate an extension, or the overall price proved to be too high.
Turris, 28, is in the final-year of his contract, which comes with an annual salary cap hit of $3.5 million, and he can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2018.
The Senators and Turris' camp have discussed a contract extension, but the two sides have differed on term, as Ottawa is believed to be looking at a five- or six-year deal, while Turris is supposedly looking for seven or eight years.
Trade talks between the three teams could pick back up in the coming days or wait until later in the season. The Sens and Avs could also resume talks and keep them between the two of them.