Blue Jackets acquire C Duchene from Senators

The Columbus Blue Jackets will not have to make any travel arrangements for their new center Matt Duchene, since the team has come to him instead.
Duchene, a two-time All-Star, was acquired by the Blue Jackets on Friday, along with defenseman Julius Bergman, from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for conditional first-round draft picks in 2019 and 2020, as well as prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson.
The Blue Jackets are in Ottawa to face the Senators on Friday night and TSN reported that Duchene is expected to be in the Columbus lineup.
Duchene, 28, will be playing for his third team in two years after he joined the Senators at the start of last season from the Colorado Avalanche. He has 27 goals and 31 assists in 50 games this season.
The third overall selection in the 2009 NHL draft by the Avalanche, Duchene has 228 goals and 307 assists over 704 career games. This season is his sixth with at least 50 points and his seventh with at least 20 goals.
“Matt Duchene is an elite player in the National Hockey League, and we are extremely excited to bring him to Columbus,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. “He is a tremendous skater, exceptional in the face-off circle and a proven goal scorer and point producer in our league. We believe he is a tremendous fit for our team.”
Duchene is in his final season of a five-year contract and the 2020 draft pick the Blue Jackets have offered in the trade is reportedly dependent on him agreeing to an extension in order to remain in Columbus.
The Blue Jackets will enter play Friday night fourth in the Metropolitan Division at 33-23-3 (69 points). They are one point behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference and four points behind wild-card leading Montreal.
Bergman, 23, was playing at Belleville of the American Hockey League. Abramov, 20, was playing at Cleveland of the AHL while Davidsson, 21, was at Djurgardens of the Swedish Hockey League.
–Field Level Media

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