November 27, 2018 | 5:15pm ET
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DUCHENE, SENATORS WILL TALK AGAIN

 
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Matt Duchene, centre

 

The Ottawa Senators have not yet engaged in deep contract negotiations with Matt Duchene’s agent, Pat Brisson, though neither side appears to be overly concerned.

Duchene, 27, is in the final year of his contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer, though the Senators are set on doing what they can to sign him to an extension.

Senators GM Pierre Dorion and Brisson have spoken twice about Duchene so far this season, and while those conversations were relatively preliminary in nature, they were considered to be meaningful, nonetheless.

TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta has confirmed the two parties have not scheduled any upcoming talks, as of yet, but it seems the Sens and Duchene are genuine in their desire to get something done when the time comes.

Signing Duchene to an eight-year contract extension will likely cost the Senators around $8.5 million to $9.5 million, per season, and that figure could increase if the native of Haliburton, Ontario continues his currently offensive pace.

In 24 games with the Senators so far this season, Duchene has registered 10 goals and 20 assists for 30 points.