The Colorado Avalanche have finally traded Matt Duchene, sending him to the Ottawa Senators in a pair of deals that left Kyle Turris with the Nashville Predators.
The Avalanche and Senators announced the trades Sunday night after Duchene left Colorado's game at the New York Islanders midway through the first period. Colorado gets top prospects Samuel Girardi and Vladislav Kamenev and a 2018 second-round pick from Nashville, and prospect Shane Bowers, goaltender Andrew Hammond and a 2018 first- and 2019 third-round picks from Ottawa.
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic had been trying to move Duchene since the trade deadline last season.
"We feel this deal brings us some top prospects as well as some high draft picks as we continue to build for both the short and long-term future," Sakic said. "We've said all along that we wanted to be patient and wait for the right deal, and this is the opportunity we feel is best for the organization."
Duchene has four goals and six assists in 13 games this season and 178 goals and 250 assists in 585 NHL games, all with Colorado. He'll play his first game with the Senators on Friday against the Avalanche in Stockholm.
Duchene is signed through 2018-19 at a salary-cap hit of $6 million. He'll play his first two games with the Senators against the Avalanche next weekend in Stockholm.
"It's bittersweet for sure, but I'm excited for a new opportunity in Ottawa," Duchene said upon leaving Barclays Center in Brooklyn. "It's very weird and obviously being pulled in a game, then to be playing my first two games against my old team is gonna be pretty strange, but it was something I half-expected. I have nothing but good things to say about my time here and my teammates. It's been an absolute blast."
Freelance reporter Christian Arnold in New York contributed to this report.