New York Islanders Matt Duchene Can’t Go To Pittsburgh

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Matt Duchene
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Matt Duchene /

Rumors are starting to cool on the Matt Duchene to New York Islanders front, but were starting to hear more Duchene to Pittsburgh talk. God help us.

It’s one thing for the New York Islanders to miss out on Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene, but it’s another thing for him to end up in Pittsburgh.

The one thing the New York Islanders need right now is a second line center, and there isn’t anyone better, that’s available than Matt Duchene. But for him to go to a division rival, with arguably the two best centers in the league is a no go. It can’t happen.

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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Matt Duchene. Just nope. No thanks. I and probably the rest of the NHL fans out there just can’t have a stronger Pittsburgh Penguins squad after having back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships.

Our friends at Puck Prose brought it up a few days ago, where Matt Duchene would head to Pittsburgh for a return of Olli Maatta, Daniel Sprong. I’ll be honest the return doesn’t sound like enough to get Matt Duchene.

Keep Maatta and add Quentzel and things get interesting. Quentzel isn’t a pick, but as a prospect, you can’t get any better. He’s a Stanley Cup winner, lead the team in goals and game-winning goals in the playoffs.

And incredibly depressing. We’re already seeing rumors that Columbus and Nashville are talking to Colorado about Duchene’s availability.

Garth has to step in seal the deal. From what we understand about Colorado’s ask, they want a 25-year-old defenseman a prospect and a pick. For me, take a pick between Ryan Pulock and Devon Toews.

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At this point, the loss of one of them is worth less than what the New York Islanders could gain from acquiring Matt Duchene.