Ottawa Sun: Bruce Garrioch reports Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of 26-year-old Matt Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to wait for a trade.
The Senators are one of the most interested teams in Duchene, but they’re hardly alone, with the Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators among the list of suitors that have held several talks with Colorado GM Joe Sakic, who has been working on this deal for what seems like an eternity.
In the past, the Avs have shown a strong interest in Ottawa blue-liner Cody Ceci, but the Senators look at him as one of their building blocks on defence and Dorion has been reticent to make that kind of deal.
The Senators have been in pursuit of Duchene since Sakic first started listening to offers for him at the start of the 2015-16 campaign. He has two years and $12.5 million US left on his deal with a cap hit of $6 million per season.
Though making a deal for Duchene looks like a long shot at this point for the Senators, you have to give Dorion credit for continuing to work the phones to see if he can find the right fit with Sakic.
Duchene has been present at Avalanche training camp despite some believing he would sit out until his situation was resolved. When asked if he would remain in Colorado if no trade occurs prior to the start of the regular season, the 26-year-old said he is taking his current situation “one day at a time.”