COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Monday’s NHL Trade deadline just got more interesting.
The Jackets have acquired highly-coveted center Matt Duchene from Ottawa in exchange for two prospects and, potentially, two first round picks. Duchene will be a free agent at the end of the season, and if Columbus signs Duchene to a long-term deal the Jackets would owe Ottawa the second 1st round pick.
What’s most interesting is the Jackets will play in Ottawa tonight and, according to a report from TSN, Duchene will suit up for Columbus tonight against his now former team.
The Jackets continue to entertain offers for Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, but if neither player is moved before the trade deadline it’s a sign the Jackets are going “all-in” to make a playoff push. Columbus remains the only active NHL franchise to have never won a playoff series.
Duchene, now 28 years old, has scored 27 goals this season for Ottawa.