Matt Duchene. This is probably the name we have heard the most over the past few months, probably because he has been on the trading block for just as long. It is no secret that general manager Joe Sakic has turned down many deals involving him because he was asking for too much. But there is an option not many people considered with the 26-year-old forward: what if he stayed in Colorado?
The Hockey Writers' Kevin Goff has raised this possibility in a recent article, in which he says it may not be such a bad idea, after all.
"Duchene is an immensely talented forward with excellent skating ability, creativity and a dangerous shot. He has brought the Avalanche some of their mostover the last 10 years, including being the team’s only 30-goal scorer in the last decade."
He also added that a possible trade could certainly have its benefits, the Avalanche really need to weigh their options:
"The Avs still need to consider what they would be losing. The most obvious loss would be his production. Duchene hasin every major offensive category for the past three seasons and is near the top of the others."
Duchene played 77 games last season with the Avs, recording 18 goals and 23 assists for 41 points. This was his worst production since 2011-12, when he registered 28 points in 58 games.