Duchene was held off the scoresheet in his Senators debut Friday. He logged 16:44 of ice time but skated to a minus-1 rating with two empty shots on goal in the 4-3 overtime win over the Avalanche, his former team.
This was game was held in Sweden as part of the NHL's Global Series, so between all the travel and the pressure of performing against the former employer with new teammates, it's not a big surprise that Duchene was held in check in his debut. Still, the skilled offensive pivot registered 428 points (178 goals, 250 assists) in 586 career contests with the Avalanche and a change of scenery figures to do him wonders over the long haul. Linemates Zack Smith and Mike Hoffman are terrific playmakers and it should be fun to watch them produce once they're more accustomed to Duchene's speed and tendencies within the attacking zone.
Duchene was officially traded from Colorado to Ottawa on Sunday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Ottawa gave up a significant piece in Kyle Turris -- who's headed to Nashville as part of the three-team deal, among others -- to land Duchene, who will finally get a change of scenery after almost a year of continuous trade rumors. There's no questioning Duchene's explosive speed and offensive skill, but he's slipped precipitously since posting an impressive 70 points in 71 games back in 2013-14. Duchene should immediately slot into Ottawa's top-six forward core and see power-play time, and with scoring wingers like Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone around him, the 27-year-old will have a great opportunity to firmly bounce back from a dismal 41-point effort last year.
Duchene scored a goal and added an assist in a 5-4 shootout win over the Flyers on Saturday night.
The multi-point game comes a day after a trade to the Senators fell through. Duchene has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 13 games this season and that's good enough for fourth on the Avs. But it's clear he'll soon be plying his trade somewhere else and his value will go up. Check the wire and see if you can put in a claim now before a change of scenery really helps him.
Duchene was almost dealt to the Senators in a three-team trade that fell through Friday, theScore.com reports. Ottawa center Kyle Turris was expected to go to Nashville and several draft picks and prospects were also believed to have been included in the rumored blockbuster.
Duchene has been on the trade block since last season, but the 26-year-old center's play hasn't helped his value in the market, and Colorado clearly isn't interested in moving him at a discount. With three goals and eight points through 12 games this season, the third overall selection from the 2009 draft is off to a decent start this year, and there is no doubting Duchene's upside. However, fitting his $6 million salary under the cap has likely complicated negotiations.
Duchene failed to register a point and recorded a minus-2 rating through 14:35 of ice time during Thursday's 5-3 win over Carolina.
Duchene has now gone goalless in each of his past six contests, and he has just two assists and five shots while logging 16:45 of ice time (1:48 on the power play) during that stretch. His strong start has faded quickly, and the off-ice distractions surrounding his status within the organization are likely to continue clouding over his season and potentially hinder his fantasy upside. While there is plenty of offensive potential, Duchene's virtual stock is probably at a career low right now.