Avalanche sends Duchene to Sens in three-way deal

The Colorado Avalanche finally moved on from Matt Duchene by trading the star forward to the Ottawa Senators as part of a monster three-way deal on Sunday, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

The Predators and Avalance both have 16 points on the year, while the Senators have 17 points. Duchene will face his former Avs mates next weekend when Ottawa and Colorado go head to head twice against one another in Sweden.

Duchene had played for Colorado for all eight-plus of his National Hockey League seasons. Colorado receives prospects Samuel Girard, Vladislav Kamenev and a 2018 second-round draft pick from Nashville and forward Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond, a 2018 first-round pick and 2019 third-round selection from Ottawa. "Weve said all along that we wanted to be patient and wait for the right deal, and this is the opportunity we feel is best for the organization".

The trade caps a long period of rumors and speculation surrounding Duchene, who has been on the block for months as the Avalanche looked to rebuild by dealing the nine-year veteran whose contract expires at the end of next season.

Duchene is coming off a disappointing season on a team where just about every player struggled. Hell play his first two games with the Senators against the Avalanche next weekend in Stockholm.

Girard, 19, was a second-round pick of Nashville in 2016. Even so, Duchene's Colorado career ended with him finishing in the top 10 of many statistical categories in Avalanche history: Games played (6th), goals (4th), assists (6th), and points (6th).

Bowers, 18, was a first-round pick by the Senators in 2017, 28th overall, and is now playing his freshman season at Boston University.

  • Stacy Allen