The Colorado Avalanche is doing much better than anyone expected. The team is off to a 4-3-0 start, although they have lost two in a row after winning three of the first four contests. But still, they finished last this past spring - things are looking up.
According to TSN Insider Darren Dreger, their start to the 2017-18 season may have an impact on GM Joe Sakic and his asking price for Matt Duchene, who remains on the trading block.
“It’s been three pieces,” said Dreger on Winnipeg's TSN 1290 on Wednesday. “That’s kind of been the ask from the get-go. My understanding is Sakic has changed his view on the type of defenseman he needs. I think at the draft he was pretty specific. He wanted a young left-shot D as part of the package, and then a prospect – a highly-touted prospect – and a big-time draft pick."
“My understanding is, from those with interest, that maybe he’s shifted a little bit. But he still wants a real good Top 3/top-pairing defenseman, and a good prospect, and a top draft pick. And my sense is he hasn’t relented from that position yet.”
Furthermore, Sakic may also be willing to go even a little bit younger on the already-young main acquisition pieces.
Interesting! We could see more teams involved now! Would you want your favourite club to jump into the Duchene sweepstakes?