It was so close but apparently a three way deal between The Ottawa Senators, Colorado Avalanche, and Nashville Predators is officially dead.
The deal, which would have seen Matt Duchene going to Ottawa, Kyle Turris going to Nashville, and the Colorado Avalanche receiving picks and a prospect died when Nashville insisted that Signing Kyle Turris to an extension was a required element. When this was not achievable Nashville bowed out of the deal.
Why Was Ottawa Interested?
While Pierre Dorian has been extremely dogged in his pursuit of Duchene, you have to wonder why. Ottawa, under the coaching of Guy Boucher, plays a stifling system that does not embrace creativity amongst it’s forward group and appears to be a bad fit for an offensive minded player like Duchene. Ottawa is also a budget team that would likely have troubling him to an extension when his current contract expires after next season.
Perhaps trading Kyle Turris who is up for a contract renewal this summer just allows them one more year with a known salary at center for one more year.
Why Was Nashville Interested?
Nashville would have benefited greatly from acquiring Turris. With Ryan Johansen centering the top line Turris would have been an exceptional second line center and plays a game very conducive to the style they play in Nashville.
It is safe to say that Colorado wanted a very good package of picks and a prospect that Nashville was not going to give up without the certainty of keeping Turris beyond this season.
If Turris hits free agency expect Nashville to be front runners for his services.
Why Was Colorado Interested?
After trying to trade Duchene for a price far exceeding his actual value, it is looking like GM Joe Sakic has backed himself into a corner. If a deal does not get made sooner rather than later he is sitting on a depreciating asset. And if Duchene starts to feel that Sakic is turning down fair deals it could turn very ugly, very quickly.
If the report is true, Sakic turned down a deal of Travis Hamonic, a 1st round pick and a prospect for Duchene. Turning down a deal of that value for Duchene would seem to be a bad decision for the Colorado GM.
He could now be left with no option beyond picks and a prospect.