Even with two years left on his contract with the Colorado Avalanche, Matt Duchene’s situation is anything but simple.
With his name in trade talks at the deadline and then again at the draft, Duchene went about his business playing for by far the NHL’s worst team. But after another off-season of general manager Joe Sakic not making a move, Duchene is unhappy in limbo and now training camp has arrived.
Unlike the NFL, where holdouts are commonplace, it’s unprecedented in the NHL’s salary-cap era for a player under contract not to report to camp, and Sakic has said he expects Duchene to be there. But it’s probably the strongest leverage the $6 million centre has to effect change as interest swirls from teams like the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and two-time Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
“I’m not the GM, so whoever Joe and the staff decide to put on the team, I know it’s going to be for the best and it’s going to make us better,” Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon said last week. “With Duchy, I’m not sure what the situation is exactly. I know …read more