NOVEMBER 4, 2017 | 8:30am ET
SENS ALMOST ACQUIRED DUCHENE IN 3-WAY TRADE
Matt Duchene, centre
The Ottawa Senators have been trying to acquire forward Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche since last season and it appears the two sides came close to a deal recently, with the help of the Nashville Predators.
News broke late Friday night, courtesy of TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, that the Senators, Avalanche and Predators were working on a three-way trade, and while Dreger added "discussions heated up in the last couple of weeks," talks have since ended.
All of the pieces in the proposed three-way trade are not yet known, other than Duchene would have ended up in Ottawa and the Predators would have received center Kyle Turris from the Senators. The Avs would have received a combination of prospects and draft picks, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.
Friedman also noted that Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm was not part of the deal.
The Avalanche has been looking to acquire a top, young defenseman as part of any deal involving Duchene, but various reports have suggested the team would consider other options, if the right offer presented itself.
Ottawa's interest in Duchene dates back to last season, when the two sides had come close to a move back then, but Colorado's initial ask to include Sens blueliner Cody Ceci in a deal shut talks down.
The Avs have expressed much interest in Ottawa's top prospects Thomas Chabot, Colin White and Logan Brown, among others, though the Sens have denied their availability, to date.
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. His inclusion in any trade is a result of balancing Ottawa's cap and swapping out salary, and may also be an indication that contract negotiations between the Sens and Turris' camp have not gone overly well.
Duchene, 26, has one-year left on his contract after this season and his cap hit is $6 million.
This isn't the first time a three-way deal involving the Senators, Avalanche and Predators has been discussed, and it's possible these clubs resume talks in the near future.
The Senators and Avalanche faceoff against each other for two games in Stockholm, Sweden, on Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 at the Ericsson Globe.