Matt Duchene
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2 weeks ago

Duchene signed a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Predators on Monday, Adam Vingan of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nashville already has all of its defensive regulars under contract for the 2019-20 season, so it makes sense that the Predators would turn their attention to bolstering the top-six forward group upon this major signing of Duchene, with the average annual value on his contract ($8.0 million) matching that of revered assistant captain Ryan Johansen. The Predators averaged a putrid two goals per game in an abbreviated 2019 postseason run, meaning Duchene -- an accomplished top-six, power-play forward with a career average of 0.75 points per game between the Avalanche, Senators and Blue Jackets -- will be relied upon heavily, just as he was in his most recent stint with Columbus.

Matt Duchene
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2 weeks ago

Duchene is expected to join Nashville when free agency begins, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nashville sent P.K. Subban to the Devils in a salary dump in order to make a run at Duchene and it appears that it worked. The 28-year-old forward will make the Predators' forward group very threatening. He's coming off his second 70-point campaign, including a career-best 31 goals. Assuming he signs with Nashville, he'll join Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen in a lethal top-six.

Matt Duchene
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2 months ago

Duchene will consider all available options this offseason, including Columbus, when evaluating where he wants to play in 2019-20 and beyond, Jeff Svoboda of Jackets' Insider reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's not exactly a ringing endorsement for Duchene staying in Ohio, though the club's ability to give him an eight-year max deal will no doubt factor into his decision. The center matched his career-high 70 points this year, split between the Jackets and Senators, plus another 10 points in 10 postseason contests. Along with teammates Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, the 27-year-old Duchene will be one of the most sought after free agents this summer and should field numerous offers.

Matt Duchene
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2 months ago

Duchene scored a power-play goal during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Bruins in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinals.

EDGE Analysis

For the second straight game Duchene fired home the game-winner, although his second-period tally in this one was a lot less dramatic than Saturday's double-overtime goal. The trade deadline acquisition has been huge so far for the Jackets, scoring five goals and nine points through seven playoff games.

Matt Duchene
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3 months ago

Duchene scored the winner in Saturday's 3-2 double-overtime win over the Bruins in Game 2. It came on the power play and tied the series 1-1.

EDGE Analysis

Duchene was in front of the net and hammered a rebound through Tuukka Rask's legs. Duchene was brought to Columbus to make a difference. He struggled in the regular season, but has found his game in the playoffs. Duchene has four goals and eight points in six postseason games.

Matt Duchene
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3 months ago

Duchene scored an empty-net goal and an assist in Tuesday's 7-3 win over the Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series.

EDGE Analysis

He lit the lamp in three straight games as the Jackets completed a historic sweep of the Presidents' Trophy winners. Duchene heads into the second round with an impressive three goals and seven points in four games, and Columbus fans should have few regrets now about the price GM Jarmo Kekalainen paid to acquire him at the trade deadline.

Matt Duchene
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3 months ago

Duchene scored a goal and added three assists in Friday's 5-1 win over the Lightning in Game 2 of their first-round series.

EDGE Analysis

The tally, and one of the helpers, came on the power play. Duchene set a Jackets playoff record with the four-point explosion, and while he had an up-and-down regular season stint for the club, he may have justified his trade-deadline price tag with this performance. Duchene and Columbus will take a shocking 2-0 series lead back home with them Sunday.

Matt Duchene
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3 months ago

Duchene dished out two assists and recorded a plus-3 rating in Saturday's win over the Predators.

EDGE Analysis

Duchene started off slow with the Blue Jackets, posting just four points over the first 14 games. He's heating up in the midst of a playoff race, racking up five assists in the last three contests and posting a plus-4 rating in that span. The Blue Jackets will continue fighting for vital points in Sunday's game versus the struggling Sabres, so Duchene has a good outlook to continue his recent success.

Matt Duchene
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4 months ago

Duchene picked up two assists in Tuesday's 4-0 win over the Islanders.

EDGE Analysis

The center has had a tough time finding his footing with Columbus -- this was only Duchene's second multi-point effort in 17 games for the Jackets, and he has only three goals and eight points since the trade from Ottawa. Nonetheless, he'll remain in a top-six role and on the first power-play unit as the club tries to climb back into a playoff spot over its final six games.

Matt Duchene
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4 months ago

Duchene scored the Jackets' only goal in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Bruins on Saturday night.

EDGE Analysis

Duchene has struggled to find an offensive fit in Columbus -- he has just three goals and three assists in 13 games in his new home. Mind you, he does have two goals in his last three games. It's still not the kind of production that satisfies anyone, including Duchene, who is looking at topping out for a new contract this offseason. Columbus remains in a wild card spot for now, but will hope for Duchene to deliver more as they work to stay in the race.