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The Chicago Blackhawks are reportedly interested in signing free agent forward Matt Duchene this offseason. Will he join Connor Bedard in the Windy City?

The rumor mill is churning as the NHL offseason approaches, and one name generating buzz is veteran forward Matt Duchene. With his contract expiring in Dallas, the Blackhawks have emerged as a potential suitor for the 33-year-old center/winger.

Duchene’s resurgence this season with the Stars has been nothing short of impressive. His offensive output and leadership have been invaluable to the team’s success. However, Dallas’s tight salary cap situation makes it unlikely they can afford to retain him at his current value. This opens the door for other teams, including the Blackhawks, to make a move.

Rob Couch of The Hockey News suggests that Chicago could offer Duchene a lucrative, multi-year contract that the Stars simply cannot match. The Blackhawks, in the midst of a rebuild, are looking to add experienced players to mentor their young core, led by rising star Connor Bedard. Duchene’s versatility and veteran presence could be a perfect fit for the team’s needs.

The Blackhawks are eager to alleviate the pressure on Bedard by surrounding him with seasoned talent. Duchene’s ability to play multiple forward positions and his track record of offensive production would provide a significant boost to the team’s lineup. However, the question remains whether Duchene is willing to join a rebuilding club rather than a contender.

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