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Given their rumored interest in Matt Duchene, are you disappointed Columbus didn’t end up landing him?
Honestly, I’m not. I believe they put together their best offer, which likely included Ryan Murray and some draft picks, and I’m happy they didn’t end up overpaying. Also, based off of their play so far this year and what I’ve seen, they really don’t need him.
Scoring goals isn’t a problem thanks to the emergence of young talent like Sonny Milano, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and even Josh Anderson. They currently sit 8th in the NHL in goals for.
Forward depth, especially down the middle, isn’t as big of a concern as some thought it may be over the offseason. In fact, their forward depth is growing into a legitimate strength of this club. Down the middle they have Brandon Dubinsky, Alex Wennberg and Nick Foligno filling out their top-9 and with young talent like Pierre-Luc Dubois continuing to develop, there really isn’t much space or a real need for someone like Duchene.
Who won the three-way trade from yesterday?
It’s a cheap answer, but honestly, everyone came out a winner in this move. Colorado waited and waited and were rewarded with a very impressive haul of picks and prospects. Sam Girard is ready to play in the NHL and so is Russian forward Vladislav Kamenev who has 8 points in 10 games down in the AHL.
Nashville gave up a few nice pieces, but they want to win a Stanley Cup and adding Kyle Turris not only takes some pressure off Ryan Johansen but also allows Nick Bonino to take on a role he’s more comfortable with. It smooths out the Predators forward depth and they didn’t sacrifice anything from their big-league roster. The 6×6 extension for Turris makes it look even better.
As for Ottawa, they paid a hefty price but they finally have who they believe is a #1 center. The Senators already have solid goaltending, a good d-core and a really strong group of wingers. Now they finally have a game-breaking forward. For Duchene, hopefully, a fresh start and some strong linemates can help him return to the near point per game pace we saw early in his career.
Also, for Pierre Dorion, he no longer has to worry about a new extension for his top center. He sends out the pending FA Turris and gets Duchene, who has one more season at $6 million.
Is there a big move for the Oilers to make? Do they need a big move?
That would depend on your definition of a big move. Do they need a top-six winger? They definitely do. Someone who can bring some speed into their forward group, shoot the puck and contribute on the powerplay would make a real impact on this team.
There are players like that out there, but as I wrote about last week, I don’t think there’s a move out there for Peter Chiarelli to make. The only teams who are probably willing to start selling in November are Arizona and Colorado. I don’t think it’s a smart move to use assets on players like Blake Comeau or Tobias Rieder.
The only option would be if they can make a hockey trade. In that case, it would likely involve a player like Matt Benning or Ryan Strome going out the door. If Chiarelli chooses to go that way, maybe he can go to a team like the Rangers and offer a package for Chris Kreider or maybe he goes to Vegas to open up a conversation on Jonathan Marchessault.