Rumor: Rangers back in Duchene sweepstakes!

NHL insider reports that New York is back in the mix.

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The New York Rangers have their hands in most big names around the league - and Matt Duchene is no exception.

General manager Jeff Gorton reportedly made attempts at landing the much-maligned Avalanche forward, but to no avail - which is no surprise given Joe Sakic's exorbitant asking price.

That being said - as far as needs go - the Rangers and Duchene are a great fit. Gorton was forced to trade center Derek Stepan to the Arizona Coyotes  to deal with salary cap issues. This created a huge hole down the middle.

And New York is feeling it. The Rangers sit last in the Metropolitan Division with an abysmal 1-5-2 record, and a blockbuster deal may be the right remedy for this early season disaster.

According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have circled back to Sakic to see if a deal can't be ironed out for Duchene. 

“I don’t know. I think the Rangers have kind of waded back into that,” said Friedman during a Friday morning segment on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960. “I think you might see some teams out there who are saying, ‘Well, maybe we’re more interested in the deal right now.’ I think the Rangers waded back into that. I don’t know if there’s a fit. I still think Duchene is getting traded. I just think it’s going to be a matter of when."

It's unclear if New York has the right pieces to complete this deal, but when desperation hits, GMs have to get creative.

Let's see if Gorton has what it takes.