Matt Duchene could net the Ottawa Senators attractive future assets before the trade deadline, but Tuesday did at least see the beginnings of exploring any possibility the forward stays with the team.
Bob McKenzie had the latest during TSN’s Insider Trading.
“Los Angeles-based agent Pat Brisson has been in Toronto for the last number of days,” indicated McKenzie. “Not a big surprise. He represents John Tavares, Jake Gardiner, amongst others on the Leafs.
“But what is interesting is that Brisson and Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion did break bread a little bit today, the obvious point of discussion there - and it’s very, very preliminary - is Matt Duchene’s future.
“He’s an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. He’s eligible for an extension anytime now, unlike Mark Stone, who can’t get one until January 1.
“The lines of communication are open - nothing more than that at this point.”
Duchene is in the final season of his five-year, $30 million contract and can test unrestricted free agent waters beginning with the late-June interview period, if he so chooses.
Stone, as McKenzie noted, won’t be eligible to sign an extension with the Senators until January because he’s on the one-year contract he signed in August.
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