The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded for Matt Duchene.
After rumors have swirled surrounding Duchene and the team’s interest in him, a fortuitous trip to the capital of Canada allowed GM Jarmo Kekalainen to pull off the deal.
Confirming Matt Duchene has been traded to Columbus. Details to come.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 22, 2019
Duchene said to be excited about trade to CBJ. No extension talk at this time. Belief is the Blue Jackets are loading up for playoffs.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 22, 2019
More details to come. Stay tuned to The Cannon for updates.
UPDATE: Matt Duchene WILL be in the lineup tonight
No sense waiting around...plan is for Duchene to be in the Blue Jackets lineup tonight.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 22, 2019
UPDATE: We have the full context of the trade, including what the Blue Jackets gave up
Believe the full trade is: Abramov, Davidsson and a 1st RD pick for Duchene and Bergman. And a conditional 1st RD pick if Matt Duchene signs with Columbus— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 22, 2019
Columbus will lose a second first-round pick if Duchene re-signs here.