Philadelphia Flyers Trade Target: Matt Duchene

Are the Philadelphia Flyers in the Market for Avalanche Star Forward Matt Duchene?

The 26 year old center is listed #2 on TSN’s trade bait board; he’s scored 16 goals and 20 assists in 53 games  this season.

One year removed from scoring 30 goals, Duchene would fill a major hole on the Flyers roster.  The team has struggled to find the back of the net, scoring the 10th fewest goals in the NHL (155).

Duchene, a natural center, could  fit in nicely behind Captain Claude Giroux, giving Philadelphia a true one,two punch and pushing Sean Couturier into a shutdown role. A real speedster, Duchene can also play the left wing adding support for Claude Giroux on the top line when needed.

The 5’11, 195 lbs forward, has three years remaining on a contract with an annual cap hit of $6 million dollars. Philadelphia would need to deal an NHL contract to make the trade work under the NHL’s salary cap.

Is extremely fast and industrious. Plays with fire and passion. Is a capable playmaker with plenty of goal-scoring prowess. Can play wing, where he uses his speed even more to his advantage, or at center. Excellent, versatile speed demon (thehockeynews.com/The Sports Forecaster)

High asking price on Duchene

It’s been laid out by Joe Sakic to about a dozen teams,” noted LeBrun on Montreal’s TSN 690 Tuesday. “He wants a high-end, young prospect-age defenseman – or if not [a] prospect, in his early 20s – as part of a package that also includes plus-plus. Whether that’s a first-round pick and another asset, who knows. Depends on the team making the offer. But it’s a huge ask for Matt Duchene.” (Chris Nichols)

In my opinion the Philadelphia Flyers are in need of the services that  Matt Duchene can offer, but is it worth dealing away one or more of the Flyer’s best prospects?