The trade deadline is about a week away and there has really not been much buzz about what players are going to be moved. We heard so much about certain players like Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes, Dougie Hamilton, Justin Faulk, etc. But, as we hit the one-week mark it seems a lot has gone radio silence. Well, silence for us, the fans.
Anyways, the biggest player we have had our eye on all season is Matt Duchene. What is his future in Ottawa and what is he going to do. Well, after monitoring the situation, reading up on the player and his agent and more information. It seems Duchene is almost a lock to be moved at the trade deadline. It is unlikely he will sign with Ottawa but it is also not out of question it juts seems as if a trade is more likely.
Where can Duchene land? Well, that is unknown. There are a few teams who can add him as a rental player or a team that can add him and sign him for a long term extension if moved. Duchene could be moved to Winnipeg or Columbus but if he is moved to one of these two teams he will probably test the free agency market come July 2019. Deeming Duchene a rental for these two teams due to Winnipeg’s cap space and Columbus’s uncertainty with Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin. If he is moved to a Nashville, Islanders, Panthers or Vegas team they can be a team that signs him for a longer extension if he is moved there.
The Islanders have around 10 million in cap space and have a few RFA’s to re-sign and it would be a very tight squeeze to add Duchene, but that is not to say this is not a possible landing spot. Vegas has the same situation but a lot less in cap space but also a lot of RFA and UFA’s on the move that they can option to not re-sign and free up space. Panthers make for an interesting situation due to their very little cap space but 3-4 players worth 2.5 million or more on the move it can be a possibility. Nashville is a probable destination for Duchene due to their contention spot right now, their window seems to be closing more and more each year so they could be looking to make a push. Either way the Senators and Duchene seem to be on the agreement to part ways and explore Duchene’s future elsewhere.
Michael Ferland is an interesting case, he was rumored to be on the block for the Hurricanes about two-weeks ago, but now as the Canes are making a little playoff push and are one point out of contention they may have pulled the brakes on this move. It is not to say that the Canes are not willing to still move Ferland but it seems a lot of talks have slowed down.
As of now we are excepting Ferland to test the free agency market come July 2019 and it seems that is what he wants to do as well. Ferland is coming off a $1.75 million cap hit right now he has 33 points in 50 games (16G, 17A) on pace for back to back 40+ point seasons. Ferland will probably be looking at a 3-4 year contract extension around the 4.5 million AAV value, possibly more. Which if so the Hurricanes may be able to afford once they come to agreement with Sebastian Aho and Brock McGinn, therefore Ferland even though he is going to test the market could end up back in Carolina.