By Joseph Fazio
Duchene Traded to Ottawa Senators in Three Team Deal
Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene has been traded to the Ottawa Senators involving the Nashville Predators in a three-team trade. The Avalanche receive three prospects, a goaltender and three draft picks (first, second and third rounder) in 2018. The Senators receive Duchene and the Predators receive center Kyle Turris.
This deal is in no way surprising for the Avalanche. General Manager Joe Sakic has had Duchene on the trading block since last year. Duchene had two years left on contract and was most likely leaving the Avalanche. Last season Duchene recorded 41 points, his lowest amount of points since the 2011-12 season.
There is still no doubt that Duchene can be a star for the Senators. The Senators did not give away any of their first team players to acquire Duchene. However, the Senators did give away a future top prospect in forward Shane Bower, as well as the Senators giving away their first and third round picks in 2018.
With Duchene gone, all focus on the team has been shifted to right winger Nathan MacKinnon. MacKinnon was drafted with the first overall pick in 2013 from the Halifax Mooseheads in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After his rookie contract, MacKinnon signed an extension worth $6.3 million a year keeping him on the team until 2023. It’s safe to say that with the Duchene trade, general manager Joe Sakic has put the Avalanche in rebuilding mode.
Russia’s KHL May Protest Upcoming Olympics
The International Olympic Committee over the past few years have been investigating the Russian Ministry of Sport. The reason is for an alleged government supported doping scandal involving many or all Russian Olympic athletes. The IOC famously banned Russia’s track and field team from the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League features some of the best players in Russia and other European countries. The KHL is widely considered the biggest hockey league behind the NHL. The KHL could become the second major hockey league to not allow its players to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics after the NHL prohibited its players from representing their countries.
Russia was considered the favorite to win the gold medal when the NHL announced their protest. If the KHL joins the protest, the favorite to win the gold will be widely unknown.