Blue Jackets Add Matt Duchene, Making First Big Move Before Trade Deadline

The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators in commerce for a 2019 first-round draft select and two prime prospects on Friday, together with a veteran center as they make a push for a playoff spot.

Duchene, 28, top-of-the-line avid gamers on the market ahead of Monday’s N.H.L. commerce deadline, was dealt for forwards Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson. Columbus moreover acquired the minor league defenseman Julius Bergman as a result of the teams prepared for a recreation in Ottawa on Friday evening time.

Columbus will ship an extra draft select to Ottawa if it is able to sign Duchene to a contract extension. He may be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Duchene is the second-leading scorer on the Senators, with 58 components (27 targets, 21 assists).

“Excited to join such a great team … let’s get in a spot and go for a run!” Duchene tweeted after the commerce was launched.

The Blue Jackets badly needed one different playmaking center behind Pierre-Luc Dubois.

Boone Jenner was pressed into movement as a result of the second-line center this season nonetheless has battled accidents. Coach John Tortorella has expressed frustration with the scarcity of producing from amenities Alexander Wennberg and Brandon Dubinsky.

Wennberg accomplished the 2016-17 season with 59 components, nonetheless his effectivity has dropped off. He and Dubinsky have blended for seven targets and 33 components this season.

A two-time All-Star, Duchene has 228 targets and 307 assists in 704 career N.H.L. video video games with Ottawa and the Colorado Avalanche, the place he spent his first eight seasons after he was the third normal select inside the 2009 draft. This season, he has gained 55 p.c of his faceoffs and is averaging 19 minutes 14 seconds of ice time.

The Senators are on the bottom of the N.H.L. standings and a full rebuild is predicted.

“When we acquired Matt in November of 2017, we had hoped his addition would drive us to another deep playoff run,” Ottawa General Manager Pierre Dorion said. “Obviously that did not materialize; larger than a yr prior to now, we shifted our focus to an accurate rebuild of your complete group. Our need was to have Matt be part of this and as such we approached him with a very good and full contract present to remain a Senator for the long term.

“As quickly because it was decided that he didn’t wish to be a part of our rebuild, we shifted our focus to see what property we may purchase in trade for Matt that will assist develop our pipeline of potential.”

Abramov, 20, a winger, had 12 targets and 10 assists in 54 video video games for the A.H.L.’s Cleveland Monsters this season. Davidsson, 21, has 10 targets and 10 assists in 35 video video games all through the forward’s fourth season with Djurgarden of the Swedish Hockey League.

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