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SportsBeyond Headlines: Duchene weighing comfort, Senators’ long-term direction

15:30  11 february  2019
15:30  11 february  2019 Source:   sportsnet.ca

Ottawa Senators meet with Matt Duchene’s representatives again

Ottawa Senators meet with Matt Duchene’s representatives again Pat Brisson, the agent for Matt Duchene was in Ottawa today meeting with Senators GM Pierre Dorion, according to Darren Dreger of TSN. The meeting lasted “a few hours” according to Dreger, but apparently no decision has been made one way or the other. The Senators are working to try to come to a conclusion on a potential contract extension with Duchene in the next few days so that there will be time to figure out a trade before the deadline if necessary. Duchene, a pending unrestricted free agent, was linked to the Jets again today by Frank Seravalli of TSN by saying Winnipeg has done its “due diligence” on the Senators forward (along with teammate Mark Stone and others).

‘ Beyond Headlines ’ is a deeper dive into some of the stories — and even some that weren’t — discussed each week on Hockey Night in Canada’s Much of the recent dialogue between Duchene ’s agent, Pat Brisson, and Senators GM Pierre Dorion has centred on the long - term direction of the

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‘Beyond Headlines’ is a deeper dive into some of the stories — and even some that weren’t — discussed each week on Hockey Night in Canada’s ‘Headlines’ segment.

These are a critical few days in Matt Duchene’s life. He’s reaching decision time with the Ottawa Senators.

There are a lot of things to like about his current situation, a lot of reasons to put pen to paper and sign a big-money, eight-year extension right now. He enjoys living in Ottawa and is playing more minutes than any of his previous six NHL seasons, which has helped put him on pace to set new highs for both goals and assists.

Maybe they even make him the next captain, if he stays and Mark Stone goes.

Pending UFAs Duchene, Stone need to make decision on their futures in Ottawa

Pending UFAs Duchene, Stone need to make decision on their futures in Ottawa Pending UFAs Duchene, Stone need to make decision on their futures in Ottawa

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Who knows?

But there are also a lot of unknowns in Ottawa, too, from the status of a new rink to management’s plan to get this team out of the mud, to the owner’s commitment to seeing the job through.

Much of the recent dialogue between Duchene’s agent, Pat Brisson, and Senators GM Pierre Dorion has centred on the long-term direction of the franchise, rather than strict dollars and cents. The player wants as much information as possible before making his choice.

This week’s statement from Ottawa owner Eugene Melnyk — the one in which he vaguely vowed to spend “close to the cap” from 2021 to 2025 — would seem to provide a timeline for the turnaround, but at this stage it’s nothing more than an article of faith.

The Senators are dead last in the NHL and don’t own their first-round pick. They aren’t in the mix for Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kaako as a result.

Decisions on Ottawa's impending free agents expected this week?

Decisions on Ottawa's impending free agents expected this week? The NHL Trade Deadline is right around the corner, and no team is under more pressure to figure out what its position will be than the Ottawa Senators. The Senators are in the unenviable position of having to both work on extensions and field trade offers for three of the most prolific unrestricted free agents of the 2019 market. Forwards Mark Stone, Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel are currently ranked No. 2, No. 3 and No. 8, respectively, among all impending free agents in scoring and have all established themselves as elite players and core pieces.

Nothing in the Duchene deal really gives the Avalanche an asset that will pay off today. Goaltender Andrew Hammond will help bolster the organization’s depth in goal, and he could even replace backup netminder Jonathan Bernier this season if needed.

Beyond scoring, Duchene 's fast reaction time has allowed him to be one of the NHL's best at winning faceoffs. Duchene played four more seasons with the Avalanche before he was traded to the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 5, 2017 as part of a three-team trade that also sent center Kyle Turris from the

Even if Stone and/or Duchene get moved prior to the Feb. 25 trade deadline, it’s extremely unlikely Ottawa is recouping a 2019 first-rounder in the lottery. They’ll be dealing with buyers who are playoff bound and own picks much lower down than that.

There hasn’t seemed to be much happening on the Stone front the last week or two, but there’s been plenty of dialogue with the Duchene camp. Let’s call it even money he re-ups in Ottawa, a fair chance, give or take.

While Dorion isn’t believed to have given the 28-year-old centre a hard deadline to make his decision, everyone knows the moment of truth is almost here. Conversations are due to pick up between Brisson and Dorion again Monday and Tuesday, and Elliotte Friedman reported on ‘Headlines’ that the Senators GM has told colleagues he should know by Wednesday whether he’s keeping or trading his high-end forwards.

So will Duchene stay or will he go?

Senators forward Duchene ignores trade talk

Senators forward Duchene ignores trade talk TORONTO - Every time Matt Duchene enters an NHL arena, he leaves all the trade talk buzzing around him at the door. The 28-year-old Senators forward has been the subject of trade speculation as Ottawa embraces a rebuild that would be accelerated by moving Duchene, Ryan Dzingel or Mark Stone before the Feb. 25 trade deadline. But Duchene, who was traded to the Senators by the Colorado Avalanche during the 2017-18 season, finds it easy to keep the trade talk off his radar.

Did the Avalanche receive enough for Matt Duchene ? Duchene was in some ways a depreciating asset with his free agency looming in the summer of 2019. If it falls in the top 10, the Avalanche receive the Senators ’ 2019 first-round pick without protections.

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That’s for he and his family to figure out. He can get more term, more of a role and arguably more money from the Senators than anyone else. But can he get everything else he needs to commit long-term to Ottawa, too?

DROWNING DUCKS

The wheels are completely off now.

Off and abandoned somewhere on the East Coast following a five-game road trip where the Anaheim Ducks were outscored 29-7 while sinking to the bottom of the Western Conference standings.

Consider it a test of Bob Murray’s will. He’d been sincere and consistent about not wanting to make an in-season coaching change, resisting the urge to remove Randy Carlyle during previous losing streaks of seven and 11 games. The shoe finally dropped Sunday with the Ducks having dropped seven straight again, blown completely out of the water in every game.

Something had to give on a team with a minus-55 goal differential, which generates a league-worst 44 per cent of even-strength scoring chances in the games it plays, and has just lost No. 1 goalie/saviour John Gibson to injury.

Murray was spared from watching the most recent defeats first-hand, having just returned from a scouting trip in Europe, but couldn’t sit idly by any longer. He’s stepping behind the bench on an interim basis because he wants a closer look inside a toxic dressing room.

Nilsson perfect as Senators shut out Ducks

Nilsson perfect as Senators shut out Ducks Nilsson perfect as Senators shut out Ducks

Duchene won't have to wait long to face his former team—the Senators ' next two games are in Sweden against Colorado as part of the NHL Global Turris was looking for an extension of seven or eight years and the Senators weren't comfortable with that number. Even though Turris went on to

Center Matt Duchene was traded by the Colorado Avalanche to the Ottawa Senators on Sunday as part of a three-team trade that also sent center Kyle Turris from the Senators to the Nashville Predators.

It wouldn’t be any surprise if the eventual succession plan saw Dallas Eakins finish out the year with San Diego and then come up to the Ducks along with Sam Steel, Troy Terry, Max Jones and others he’s coached in the American Hockey League.

However, the only thing written in stone is that Murray is going to handle the head coaching job himself for the final 26 games this season.

In the big picture, this isn’t the worst thing for the organization. Anaheim has only drafted inside the top nine once since 2006 and managed to remain a perennial 100-point team because of strong work from its scouting staff. They’re trending towards a high pick this spring — at a time when the Ducks are badly in need of a young star (or two).

But there’s a way to go through a losing season you can live with and then there’s embarrassing. This simply got too embarrassing.

LEAKING OIL

If it wasn’t already painfully obvious, there are going to be no quick fixes in Edmonton. The Oilers have the best player in the world and three centreman capable of anchoring a Stanley Cup contender and … a whole bunch of holes beyond that.

Oh, and cap issues. There’s serious cap issues.

Ken Hitchcock sounded the alarm after Saturday’s loss to San Jose, questioning whether the players were as determined as the coaches in wanting to do what it takes to win.

Report: Blue Jackets interested in Duchene

Report: Blue Jackets interested in Duchene It appears the Columbus Blue Jackets could be both sellers and buyers at the trade deadline. As trade rumors regarding star forward Artemi Panarin swirl, Columbus has interest in Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading." Like Panarin, Duchene is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. Panarin has already stated he wants to test free agency, but Duchene has not publicly expressed the same desire. If the Blue Jackets were to trade for Duchene, they would have four months to re-sign him before he hits the open market.

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Avalanche, Senators discussed 3-way trade involving Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris, per report. The Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators , and Nashville Predators recently discussed a three-way trade headlined by star forwards Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

On one hand, the Oilers are in a playoff race. On the other, it’s getting ugly in Edmonton.

The only way to truly right this ship is by finding better players to flank Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

With the Oilers now searching for a new general manager, they’d be wise to study the rise of the Toronto Maple Leafs under Brendan Shanahan. The Leafs got some lottery luck along the way, sure, but they were completely adrift as an organization until Shanahan came along and changed the process by which they operate.

In laying out the Shanaplan, he said in April 2015: “The challenge here in Toronto is not to come up with the plan. The challenge in Toronto is to stick to it.”

It’s no different in Edmonton.

PROSPECT WATCH

This nugget from Nick Kypreos on ‘Headlines’ might explain how the fireworks will eventually get going in a trade period with a finite number of first-round picks in play: The Nashville Predators are open to the idea of moving winger Eeli Tolvanen, the 30th-overall pick from 2017.

Kyper also mentioned Winnipeg Jets prospect Sami Niku, a skilled puck-mover and the AHL’s reigning defenceman of the year.

Neither of those players is far from being a regular NHL contributor and each amounts to big currency in a buyer’s market.

EXTRA 1 PER CENT

So you want to be a hockey agent, hey?

Just know that there will probably be more hours, more travel expenses and more meetings than you could ever imagine. And the odds suggest a star client will fire you before a big payday at some point. It happens to even the biggest names in the industry.

Stone scores twice as Senators top Jets

Stone scores twice as Senators top Jets Stone scores twice as Senators top Jets

At long last, the Duchene saga in Denver came to a close on Sunday night, ending more than 18 months of trade speculation. In Duchene , the Senators received a centre 16 months younger than Turris who comes with higher offensive productivity.

Matthew Duchene (pronounced [dyʃɛːn]; born January 16, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center for and an alternate captain of the Ottawa Senators in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Artemi Panarin provided a reminder of that this week, dumping Dan Milstein in favour of Paul Theofanous, just as he had once fired Tom Lynn to hire Milstein. The impending UFA is going to sign a massive contract when he hits the open market this summer and told Columbus reporters, “I’m more of a businessman now. … Right now I’m thinking about this as a business.”

In the last year, the list of players to change agents includes Drew Doughty (who represented himself in the negotiation of his recent extension), Taylor Hall, Auston Matthews, Max Pacioretty, Connor Hellebuyck, Roman Josi and Jeff Skinner.

There are individual reasons behind each of those decisions, ranging from wanting more experienced representation to more service and attention to someone who will advocate more fiercely for your interests.

But as one team executive put it this week: “The first question and answer is always money.”

Yes, there’s that, too. Agents typically charge a fee of three per cent, but the rate can be negotiable, especially when a client is jumping ship. Shaving even one per cent off the cost of an agent can translate to a big savings for a player when signing the kind of deals these guys get.

HAKSTOL WORLD TOUR

Dave Hakstol could be sitting on a beach or playing golf or doing anything he wanted right now. The former coach of the Philadelphia Flyers will continue to be paid by the NHL team through the end of next season.

Instead he found himself in Stockholm this week, going behind-the-scenes with Tre Kronor coach Rickard Gronborg and his staff during the Beijer Hockey Games tournament. Hakstol’s visit was documented by well-respected Swedish hockey journalist Uffe Bodin here.

The coach told Bodin that he hasn’t felt the need to take a break from the game, despite being urged by friends to do so after he was fired by the Flyers in December.

During their time together, Hakstol and Gronborg exchanged best practices and kicked around different ideas for running a team. Taking that kind of initiative and adopting a growth mindset should be beneficial when Hakstol gets his next job.

Price tag to keep Ryan Dzingel might be too high for Senators.
Price tag to keep Ryan Dzingel might be too high for Senators

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