Speculation: Potential Trade Destinations for Matt Duchene

As the trade deadline approaches, decisions will have to be made about whether the Ottawa Senators keep or trade Matt Duchene, let's take a look at some possible destinations for the 28-year old.
According to David Pagnotta of TheFourthPeriod, the potential asking price for Duchene is a 1st round pick, a top prospect, and another top tier asset.

1. Winnipeg Jets
We saw the Jets make a similar move last year by acquiring Paul Statsny from the St Louis Blues. While the team is very well rounded, an injury to Mark Scheifele or Bryan Little would make their centre depth razor-thin. A player like Duchene could fit in perfectly, but it would be incredibly expensive. If the asking price from Pagnotta holds up, then I would assume the Jets would have to give up Sami Niku, Kristian Veselainen, and a 1st round pick.

2. Montreal Canadiens
The Canadiens seem like a less likely destination, considering that GM Marc Bergevin said he doesn't plan on selling off his high-end prospects for short term rentals. However, if the Senators were to do a sign-and-trade, or the Canadiens were able to extend him, I think Bergevin would entertain the idea. With surprising success from Max Domi and Jesperi Kotkaniemi, along with continued steady play from Philip Danault, adding a player of Duchene's calibre would make the Canadiens centre depth stronger than its been in years. However, the asking price, if Pagnotta is correct, would be something along the lines of: Nick Suzuki, Ryan Poehling, and a 1st round pick.

3. Carolina Hurricanes
The Hurricanes made it clear that they had plans to improve their top-6 forwards, and were willing to use some of their defensive depth in order to do it. With Jordan Staal on injured reserve with a concussion, a player like Duchene could give the Hurricanes an extra push to get into the playoff picture again. The team is just one point behind the Penguins for the 2nd wild card spot, and three points behind Columbus for the 3rd spot in the division. Luckily, I think Carolina could acquire Duchene without giving up a key player on their current roster, since they already have solid prospects in the AHL. If Pagnotta's report is true, then the Senators will likely be asking for Jake Bean, Haydn Fleury, and a 1st round pick. One of those players could be supplemented with Martin Necas, but that's the general idea.

Do any of these trades seem plausible to you, or are they simply outrageous? Comment below.

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