The Montreal Canadiens had a greater season than anticipated, however hearsay has it they want to improve their roster in an enormous means by signing Matt Duchene this summer time.
The Montreal Canadiens barely missed the postseason this 12 months. They weren’t supposed to return wherever close to the playoffs after an abysmal 2017-18 season. Nevertheless, rumor on the road says they aren’t proud of their constructive strides.
Based on Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, in his 31 Ideas weblog in the present day, the Canadiens are going to be making a push for Matt Duchene. He additionally mentions the Habs quietly made a play for Duchene on the commerce deadline.
The Columbus Blue Jackets ended up with Duchene on the deadline after placing collectively a bundle of prospects and picks. It’s arduous to say the commerce didn’t work out for the Blue Jackets. The workforce lastly broke by and gained their first ever playoff collection, sweeping the Tampa Bay Lightning in spherical one.
Nevertheless, they gave up their first-round decide within the upcoming draft and a few high prospects in Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson. They can even have at hand over their first-round decide in 2020 in the event that they re-sign Duchene.
That could be a hefty value to pay. Nevertheless, if the Canadiens acquired Duchene, they might have swapped fates with the Blue Jackets. Would giving up, say, their first-round decide, Jesse Ylonen and Alex Alain have been value a second spherical exit? Would you be keen to present all that up in addition to one other first rounder to re-sign Duchene?
Most likely not. That’s a heavy value to pay. It might need been value it for the Blue Jackets who’ve by no means gained a playoff spherical earlier than. In Montreal, followers are fairly accustomed to the style of a first-round victory. Promoting the farm for six playoff wins isn’t value it for the Habs.
Nevertheless, making a pitch for the Haliburton, Ontario native this summer time makes numerous sense. Middle ice has been a black gap for the Habs for a few years. They’ve been build up the place these days with the drafting of Ryan Poehling and Jesperi Kotkaniemi in addition to buying and selling for Phillip Danault and Max Domi.
Nevertheless, Kotkaniemi will not be prepared for top-line obligation simply but. Poehling may not be prepared for full-time NHL duties but (although he’s averaging three targets per sport) and Domi is perhaps finest suited on the wing long run.
Signing Duchene would make sure the workforce has extra depth on the place. He would additionally match the fast-paced fashion that the Canadiens presently play. This might enable Poehling extra time to develop within the American Hockey League, or maybe enable Domi to maneuver again to left wing.
Think about a high six consisting of Duchene, Domi, Jonathan Drouin adopted by the trio of Brendan Gallagher, Danault and Tomas Tatar. That also leaves the Finnish trio of Kotkaniemi, Joel Armia and Artturi Lehkonen in addition to Andrew Shaw and Paul Byron. Spectacular depth and we haven’t even talked about Nick Suzuki but.
Duchene is coming off considered one of his finest seasons but. The 28-year-old by some means managed 58 factors in 50 video games with the terrible Ottawa Senators earlier than his commerce. He completed the season with 70 factors in 73 video games. Although he didn’t gentle it up upon arriving in Columbus, he did rating ten factors in ten playoff video games, serving to them get by the Lightning.
Middle just isn’t the most important want for the Montreal Canadiens. Nevertheless, anytime you’ll be able to add a degree per sport middle-man on the fitting facet of 30, it is advisable to take an extended look. The Habs actually have the cap area to usher in a participant of Duchene’s ilk.
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The one query is, will the Canadiens be keen to supply Duchene a seven-year deal at $eight million? There shall be a number of affords for the child who grew up cheering for the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. He already, fulfilled one dream suiting up in an Avs jersey, does he wish to dwell one other and put on the bleu, blanc et rouge?