Rumor is Sakic wants an established young NHL player (preferable a defenseman), a 1st round pick and a top prospect. That's insanity. I'd do the player/prospect or player/pick but not all 3.
From the Pens (likely) perspective (they have been linked to Duchene) - would I part with Olli Maatta and a 1st for Duchene? Yes. Would I add Daniel Sprong to that deal? Hells no. If they (Colorado) think Conor Sheary is a legit 25G/40A guy (I think he's more 20/30) then maybe he gets mention
No way I trade the Big Oreo to get Duchene. Maatta actually makes the most sense. Rutherford said that once Sheary and Dumoulin got through arbitration he'll have about $2,000,000 left for a 3C (paging Matt Cullen). If Maatta and his $4,000,000+ cap hit are dealt for Duchene the math works out real nice for the Pens.
It's been rumored for atleast the last few months that the Avs are going to trade Duchene. I'm starting to think that they won't trade him. I'll be surprised when they actually do because it's taking them forever to trade him. Do you see him getting traded? Where do you think he will end up? I'm thinking he will stay in Colorado.
This is the Avalanche we are talking about.
I am sure we all remember the drama that was Colorado vs. O'Reilly...how that dragged on, until finally the Avs traded O'Reilly (after giving him a nice bump in salary on a short deal....or was that forced on them by arbitration? something to look up..).
So really, the Duchene situation is a big "Who knows?"
This too may drag out for a bit until Duchene sees his way out the door.
If anyone can accurately predict
trading Kessel probably helps bring Duchene into the fold...heck Kessel could even be a salary dump-esque move for picks or a prospect.
I don't think I'd do a 1st a top prospect and an established player either. I would strongly consider two of the three though