Blue Jackets Acquire Matt Duchene

The NHL trade deadline is Monday, Feb. 25 at 3 PM ET. On Friday morning we got a blockbuster.

The Ottawa Senators have traded veteran center Matt Duchene and defenseman Julius Bergman to Columbus in exchange for prospects Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson a first round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional first round pick if Duchene re-signs with the Blue Jackets.

The big winners in this deal are the Colorado Avalanche – who own the Sens top pick in this year’s draft because of the deal involving Duchene last year.

36 thoughts on “Blue Jackets Acquire Matt Duchene

  1. Anisimov suddenly becomes a bit more valuable to buyers if you ask me. Peter Holland told a reporter that he might have an opportunity to move up the depth chart in the Chicago organization.
    Putting two and two together, that might mean Stan is looking at moving a Center. Kruger of course is a real possibility.

  2. Agreed with the first poster. Sens are an embarassment. Terrible short sighted deal by them.
    But they got a great return for duchene from the jackets.

  3. OTT basically traded Turris for a 3rd/unless sign-doucheknee.

    Also lost the 1st pick in the draft. I do not know if anythings is worse then that.

  4. Mitchell is the only one of the 4 that if traded wouldn’t bother me. I saw him play in the WJC and I’ve caught a couple Denver games on TV over the last couple seasons and I have yet to be impressed. I think Joki, Boqvist and Beaudin have higher upsides even if Mitchell is ready to play in the NHL earlier than B&B.

  5. @Morrison: I really hope that this article is inaccurate.

    The logic that the Hawks are willing to trade high D-men draft picks because they do not have room for them on the blue line is very disturbing. Specially to keep slots open for veterans with diminished skills and NMCs. That statement is an indictment on SB, that he lacks planning skills. What will SB do when Kaner gets old, draft forwards for the next 3 years.

    I have no issues trading unproven draft picks to improve the Hawk’s skills, potential, or address a need. I do take issue at being forced to trade because you are boxed into a corner with inflexible long-term contracts. If true, maybe SB should be placed on waivers.

  6. ER, yea I do not care who is more NHL ready of any guy. Always want the better player. Same for draft. If we ever need a guy, now/right now, just sign a 1 yr temp ufas until the good draft is ready.

  7. There was a conditional 1st rounder (2020) thrown into the trade which kicks in if Duchene signs with CLB which makes me think Duchene is not signing with CLB so he probably will go UFA July 1 and maybe the Hawks are interested

    As for the trade itself the Jackets are going for it (although they are a real long shot) – doubt they trade either Panarin or Bob now – this is their one shot so take it – good on them even if they fall short

  8. Yeah I like that we have 4 blue chip defensemen prospects and want the Four Horsemen to be like what NAS has had to anchor there team on. I wan to see these four guys make people like it.

  9. ER – it’s dangerous to predict upside on very young skilled D men like the Hawks have 4 of but if pressed to do it I also would trade Mitchell first of the 4

    If Mitchell gets back Kapanen in the summer I’m ok with that – even if it’s Andreas Jonsson (also from TOR) coming back I’d be Ok with trading Mitchell depending on other aspects of the trade

  10. Craig – agree that AA is now more on the radar of playoff teams

    If Stan moves AA and Kruger and also gets a 3C (probably in a separate trade) that can help with the PK that would be a very good TDL

    Then Holland moves up to be 4C and away we go…

  11. Another good point, to anyone flipping out on loading up with 4 1sts in two draft with D, that we could use that to get a very good top 6 FW by the time were deep/and stacking roster to playoff deepness.

  12. Ottawa have 13 or 14 picks in 1st 3 rds of next 3 drafts. 4 1sts 5 if Duchene signs with Columbus. Some thinking if they don’t want to keep sign for 8 yrs. before july 1st and trade to a team that works and they get him for the extra year only allowed 7 as ufa, and reciup losses.
    Also Tkachuk , Ceci maybe Dzinfgel should have a nice young team coming.

  13. Forgot to add, Stone either signs l9ng term and stays or is traded for more picks and prospects. White, Chabot Batherson etc. guves them a good young core to build with.

  14. It should come as no surprise prospects are in play for trade; no need to rush and do it now, but I would be shocked if all of the four horsemen ever wear Blackhawks jersey in the NHL at the same time ever. Typically(though not always) defenseman take a long time to develop into regular players. What’s the plan? Let them become NHL players after “the Core” is gone. Basically all of them are going to achieve above expectations and soon. That’s a lot to ask. Blackhawks should be sellers at the deadline; again this team is where it is because of a hot powerplay….and by the way they are not even in a playoff spot yet; and not far from last place either. Every team goes through stretches hot and cold; that’s why so many Sabres fans wanted the NHL to change the rules and hand out the Stanley Cup in November based on the performance in the last 10 games played.

    The Blackhawks should target a signed defenseman with a reasonable (or better yet low) cap hit through the early 2020s in exchange for pick or prospect or better yet…..I fully realize this narrows the search down to next to zero players…and I’m not even referring to players available; I’m referring to players period.

  15. Guranteed that Bowman will draft D men like crazy again and pass up anyone that might resemble a top six forward. Regardless of a D log jam…..as for me, use Beaudin or Jokihariu as bait to unload Anisimov, and get back at least a 2nd and 3rd round pick and a decent Offensive prospect.

  16. Why should the Hawks use any prospects to unload Anisimov?
    They should be stockpiling prospects and trying to add draft picks not trying to come up with dumb ideas to give away prospects.

  17. Package Beaudin (27th pick) or Joki (30th pick) with AA for an uncertain prospect and lower round pick? That’s what I would call going in reverse.

  18. The Four Horsemen would only be involved in a trade that return is an established top 6 FW or Top 4 D between 25-29.

  19. There will be more centers available, for free, july 1 and teams are more desperate now to add what they do not have or enough of. Deadline would be higher return for 15 as you could ever get. Still if we do not trade 15 at deadline were better off with him on 23man for now. Could at draft to.

  20. I didnt like this game, the way we havnt played good recently. They started playing again, after taking about 20 games off.

    They were 4-14 then. Now they are 3-1 since they started playing.

    We play better in a game from now, then weve been playing last 5/6 games.

  21. I call BS. No way Bowman scuttles his long term plan and jettisons one of his prized four blue chip defense prospects.

    Anisimov playing with a ton of passion tonight against Colorado. Buyers watching have to be impressed. Big Center driving the net hard.

    I can see Kruger traded for a 4th rounder on Monday. Expiring contract. Stanley Cup winner. Easy to move.

  22. One other thing to keep in mind. Stan went for drafting defense early after getting swept by Nashville and the desire to emulate Josi, Ellis, Ekholm. All drafted and developed by the Preds.

  23. Easily KK’s worst game-wow!

    I have to admit it and it’s hard to do-as I’m quite a fan–but D-Cat is a turn over machine lately.

    Head scratcher-Kunitz playing

    Better skate than some say-Strome

  24. I wasnt liking this game, for us, coming in. We did better then I thought. We played even or outplayed them. They did in first and we outplayed them in 2nd and 3rd. Overall we outplayed them. 12 missed that open net and then they got goal bouncing back off their own guy, lucky.

    Otherwise were up 4-3 and get empty netter. They need to call that hold and holding the stick there on them in last 2 min. Cant let teams get away with that, should have been a 6-3 for last min.

    Glad we outplayed them, that whats matters. Were looking to get better not be the 1 seed this time around. Were looking good for another 5 or o game run here coming up.

  25. If the Hawks aren’t going to make an all-in move for a piece (Panarin) at the deadline it would seem to contradict the idea of trading one of the top four young d prospects. And, based on what Columbus gave up to get Duchene, it would take at least one of them + another piece + a pick to rent a the kind of player the Hawks would target.

    Bowman has done a really nice job of adding some impressive players during this season (after firing Q) in Strome, Koekkoek and Cagguila. I think all 3 have a future in Chicago (not sold on Perlini yet, reminds me of Stalberg too much). I also like that Sikura appears to be getting more comfortable with each NHL game in spite of Colliton limited his minutes. Because Bowman has done a good job dealing already this season, and my doubts that the type of defenseman the Hawks would ideally target would be available at the deadline for a price the Hawks would be willing to pay, I would be surprised if the Hawks made a “buyer” move.

    I still think Anisimov goes, however.

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