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Matt Duchene from Ottawa Senators
The Senators have traded the player of center Matt Duchene for Blue Jackets of Columbus, confirmed the director general of Ottawa’s Pierre Dorion by way of a press release on Friday.
Duchene will become unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. It was in the second row of the markers of the Senators with 27 goals and 21 assists. The formation of the federal capital has also sent the defender Julius Bergman for Blue Jackets.
The Senators would get in return hopes Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, as well as a selection of the first round repechage of 2019 and a conditional pick of first round in 2020 if Duchene is entering into a new agreement with the Blue Jackets.
“When we acquired Matt in November 2017, we were hoping that his addition would lead us to another run in the playoffs, said Dorion. Unfortunately, this has not materialized. There are more than a year, we have focused on the reconstruction of the whole of the organization. Our hope was to involve Matt in this reconstruction and, as such, we approached with a contract offer comprehensive and sensible so that he could remain with the Senators in the long term.
“As soon as it was determined that he no longer wanted to be here, we have begun to investigate the different options to determine what we could get in exchange for Matt to be able to fill our feeder. We believe that Vitaly and Jonathan, as well as the choice of the first round, will help to improve the future of the team and will fit in with our ongoing efforts to build a younger team, faster and stronger. “
Abramov will join the club-school of the Senators in the american hockey League, the Senators of Belleville, while Davidsson will remain with the club Djurgarden, in the national hockey League elite of Sweden.
If the lottery of the draft determines that the first-round of 2019 implicated in this transaction is part of the first three selections, then the Senators instead get the first-round of the Blue Jackets in 2020.
If Duchene initialling a contract with the Blue Jackets in 2019-2020, then the Meaning will get their choice of the first round in 2020. If, however, the choice of 2019 is postponed by 2020 due to the lottery and the fact that Duchene has signed a contract with the Blue Jackets, then the conditional pick in 2020 will be postponed until 2021.
Rumors of the transaction were intensified a few hours before the game between the Senators and Blue Jackets Centre Canadian Tire.