In wake of the news breaking that the Detroit Red Wings are shopping forward Pavel Datsyuk‘s contract and are looking to make a run at Steven Stamkos, there is more speculation to take in around Hockeytown.
Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche has been a topic of trade discussions over the past year or so, but things seemed to fizzle out and nothing has really occurred on a proposed deal or anything like that.
If he could possibly end up landing in the Motor City, you can’t tell me that a player of his caliber wouldn’t be welcomed here.
He’s a young, extremely talented sniper that has an incredible knack to put the puck in the back of the net. His speed is tremendous, he’s got great hands and can make something special happen every time he has the puck.
There are many players, with the youth Detroit has to offer, that they could propose to the Avs in an attempt to lure them to let Duchene go.
Some of the players like Anthony Mantha, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and either Gustav Nyquist or Tomas Tatar along with a potential first-round or second-round pick involved could be a very intriguing package offer that Colorado might just bite on.
As with any big name player, there is going to be a big price tag along with him. If the Wings could free up Datsyuk’s contract and maybe move along some others players to free up some more money, the deal for a Stamkos or a Duchene would be seem much more ‘doable’ for Detroit and not have them flirting with exceeding the salary cap limit.
Though it’s more a speculation and less a probability that the 25-year old lands with the Wings this off-season, you can’t think that he wouldn’t be a great upgrade for the team. He’d give them a proven goal-scorer that will give you at least 25-30 goals a season, with the potential for more.