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Ottawa Senators, Matt Duchene In Substantive Contract Talks

Ottawa Senators, Matt Duchene In Substantive Contract Talks
Published On: Wed, Nov 07
Mar 15, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (6) scores on Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery (29) for the win. The Senators defeated the Flyers 2-1 in a shoot-out at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the dark cloud that has hovered over the Ottawa Senators for more than a year, the team now finds themselves at 6-6-3 on the season after a big win last night against the New Jersey Devils. That win was important to show the teama€™s resilience after the latest public scandal that included a recorded conversation of players badmouthing their coaching staff. Interestingly,A as Bob McKenzie of TSN notes on the latest editionA ofA Insider Trading, one of the players involved in that video wasA Matt DucheneA who is currently in a contract negotiation with the team. McKenzie reports that Duchenea€™s agent and Ottawa GMA Pierre DorionA are in a€œsubstantive contract talksa€ and that there is interest from both sides in at least discussing a long-term extension.

As we examined recently, Duchenea€™s future with the Senators is perhaps the single most important decision that Dorion has to make this season. The team gave up a large package of assets to bring him to Ottawa that includedA Kyle Turris, prospectA Shane BowersA and infamously an unprotected first-round pick. At the time, it looked like Duchene was acquired as the missing piece of a puzzle that was closer to the Stanley Cup finals than the draft lottery, but basically everything has gone downhill since then. Now in the final year of his contract, Duchene is potentially one of the top names available in the 2019 unrestricted free agent class and could be a valuable trade chip at the deadline if no extension is reached.

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