Boston Bruins Rumor: Team Interested In Colorado Avalanche Forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog
With the Stanley Cup playoffs coming to end in the next couple of days and the NHL expansion draft on the horizon we are starting to see a pickup in the offseason hockey cooler talk in Boston.
Earlier this week there was a rumor linking the Boston Bruins to Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin who the Wild could risk losing to Las Vegas for nothing in the expansion draft. Today though the rumor brings up an old one from this past seasons NHL trade deadline.
The Colorado Avalanche have two forwards in Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog who could use a change in scenery and with the expansion draft incoming the Aves risk losing one of them to Vegas for nothing. So in there mind why not see if a team is willing to give them something for one or both of these forwards.
The Bruins have had immense interest in Duchene and Landeskog with previous well noted trade talks occurring this previous season. The trade talks then stalled out after Colorado wanted young Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo as a centerpiece for any deal. But now with this expansion draft the pressure to move on of these forwards for something of value is mounting in Colorado.
Duchene is under contract for the next two seasons at a $6 million cap hit, this past season the 26-year-old scored 18 goals in a 41-point season and has the capability to play both the center and the left wing position offering any acquiring team some versatility. Two seasons ago Duchene scored over 30-goals and certainly has the capability to do it again if he is put on the right line, which could be in Boston alongside a center like Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, or David Krejci.
The Canadiens, Senators, and Kings are just a few of the teams that have been previously linked to Duchene.
Landeskog on the other hand has been connected to the Bruins more times than I can count on my fingers, but this could be the right moment for Colorado to pull the trigger and send the forward to Boston after the disappointing campaign he had in 2016-17 where he scored 18 goals and 33 points in 72 games. Landeskog has seen his point totals drop for three straight seasons and his value to Colorado continues to diminish and what they could get in return is not what it once was.
With Landeskog though you have a relatively young forward at 24-years-old who under the right conditions can be a really good top 6 forward in the NHL. He is under contract till 2021 at a $5.571 million cap hit and has the potential to succeed for a winning hockey team which Colorado wasn’t.
Leading up to the expansion draft you will likely see a flurry of trade rumors and potential actual trades go down with teams trying to avoid losing talented players for nothing. You could also see teams trade draft picks to Vegas to avoid them from taking a particular player who might be unprotected.
Stay tuned here on Trifecta Network for who we would protect if we were Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney.