The trade talk around Colorado Avalanche star forward Matt Duchene has died down a little as we head deeper into the summer and deeper into the offseason, with some pundits even suggesting that he could begin next season as a member of the Avalanche.
However it's become clear that while the initial desire for a trade may have come from the Avalanche, after months and months of speculation Duchene himself now wants out of Colorado as well.
With that in mind Matt Larkin of The Hockey News believes there remain give likely landing spots for Duchene across the National Hockey League and they are as follows:
The Columbus Blue Jackets
The Pittsburgh Penguins
The Boston Bruins
The Carolina Hurricanes
The Los Angeles Kings.
For weeks now the big rumors have connected a Duchene trade to the Nashville Predators, but rumors are that Avalanche general amanger Joe Sakic was asking for one of Nashville's top defensemen in return, a deal the Predators have been unwilling to make, at least thus far.
While this is merely speculation on our part, it sounds like Larkin may be leaning towards Carolina and Columbus as the most likely of the 5 aforementioned destinations.