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Blue Jackets 'very, very much' still in the mix for Avalanche's Matt Duchene

Blue Jackets 'very, very much' still in the mix for Avalanche's Matt Duchene
Published On: Sun, Oct 01
Oct 29, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle (25) go after the loose puck during the third period at Amalie Arena. Colorado Avalanche defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the NHLs 2017-18 regular season set to begin next week, Matt Duchene remains a member of the Colorado Avalanche.

Its not a lack of interest in the 26-year-old forward thats precluding a trade from being consummated, its simply that general manager Joe Sakic has stood firm on meeting a certain threshold on any potential swaps return.

So where do things stand headed into the weekend?

My sense is its quiet right now, but I dont know if that means theyre not talking or its just sort of like the lull before the storm, indicated hockey Insider Elliotte Friedman during a Friday segment on Edmontons 630 CHED. I still think theres a hope on Matt Duchenes part that he can get dealt before the season, and I think Colorado would be amenable to that.

Look, we all know where this story is going. Colorado is not making this deal unless they get what they want. And the question is going to be is someone going to step up and give them what they want.

I still think Columbus is very, very much in it. I think that they have made it very clear hes a guy they want and I dont think theyre far away.

I still think Nashville is circling. I think Calgary has been in and out, I think Anaheim has been in and out. Anaheim, especially now that Kesler is hurt and missing some time, I think theyre around and theyre a team that could make that deal.

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