Rumor: NHL team turns down blockbuster deal for Matt Duchene

Oh man, this would have blown up the Metro Division!

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According to a report from hockey blogger Jimmy Murphy the Pittsburgh Penguins recently turned down a trade offer from the Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic for forward Matt Duchene.

That’s no big surprise really, the Pens have been in the mix to land Duchene’s services since the beginning. What is a surprise however, is the asking price from the Avs. 

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Wow… with all of the rumors surrounding Sakic’s insane trade demands, this one actually seems reasonable. So, why did the Penguins decline? Could it be that they see Duchene’s value dropping even further? In any case, you can’t help but think about a Penguins lineup that could have boasted Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel AND Matt Duchene…