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The Ottawa Senators have traded center Matt Duchene to the Columbus Blue Jacketsfor a protected 2019 first-round pick, a conditional 2020 first-round pick, and a pair of prospects, the team announced Friday.

Columbus also receives defenseman Julius Bergman from Ottawa.

The 2020 first-rounder will convey if Duchene, an unrestricted free agent this summer, re-signs with Columbus.

Should the Blue Jackets’ 2019 pick become a top-three selection during the draft lottery, the Senators will receive Columbus’ 2020 first-round pick instead. If that is the case and Duchene also re-signs, the Blue Jackets will send Ottawa their 2021 first-rounder as well.

The prospects the Senators receive are right winger Vitaly Abramov, selected in the third round in 2016, and right winger Jonathan Davidsson, a 2017 sixth-round pick currently playing in the Swedish Hockey League.

Duchene won’t have to go far to link up with his new team; Columbus intends to have the center in its lineup for Friday’s game in Ottawa.

The Blue Jackets have not yet discussed the possibility of an extension with Duchene’s camp, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Duchene has 58 points (27 goals, 31 assists) through 50 games this season, the last of a five-year, $30-million contract he originally signed with the Colorado Avalanche.

The 28-year-old has 228 goals and 307 assists in 704 regular-season games since the Avalanche selected him No. 3 overall in 2009. The Senators acquired him in November 2017.

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Barring any last-minute changes, the Ottawa Senators will trade center Matt Duchenebefore the Feb. 25 deadline, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Sunday.

Mark Stone‘s future in Ottawa should also be determined early this week, well in advance of the trade deadline, Dreger added.

It was reported Saturday that the Senators made Duchene available, and recent developments suggest the 28-year-old’s departure from Ottawa is imminent.

There will likely be several teams lining up to offer the Senators a package for Duchene. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun believes that “Columbus and Nashville are among the many teams which have checked in with the Senators on him,” though nothing has been confirmed.

The speedy sniper has registered 27 goals and 56 points this season, and he’s second in team scoring behind Stone.

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It appears the Columbus Blue Jackets could be both sellers and buyers at the trade deadline.

As trade rumors regarding star forward Artemi Panarin swirl, Columbus has interest in Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported on Tuesday’s edition of “Insider Trading.”

Like Panarin, Duchene is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Panarin has already stated he wants to test free agency, but Duchene has not publicly expressed the same desire. If the Blue Jackets were to trade for Duchene, they would have four months to re-sign him before he hits the open market.

Along with youngster Pierre-Luc Dubois, Duchene would give Columbus a lethal one-two punch down the middle of the ice – something the franchise has never had in its existence.

Duchene is in the midst of a career year with the basement-dwelling Senators, collecting 25 goals and 53 points in 46 games.

The Blue Jackets entered Tuesday sitting third in the Metropolitan Division with 65 points.

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Ottawa Senators forwards Matt Duchene and Mark Stone remain undecided about testing free agency this summer.

The 28-year-old Duchene will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and understands he’ll have to make a decision on his future with Ottawa before the Feb. 25 trade deadline. If he doesn’t, they could deal him.

“The biggest thing is, if I don’t have an answer for them, I would expect that they’ll make a move,” Duchene said, according to Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun. “You can’t really afford to let guys go for nothing anymore in this league, or probably ever; you couldn’t do that. I understand that’s the situation.

“At the end of the day, I need to be sure of what I’m doing and it’s a process right now that I’m evaluating. It’s not an easy one because it’s the first time I’ve ever been in this situation. It’s really hard to make in mid-season. I’m taking my time, as much time as I have here, and I’ll see what happens. But we’re not at that point yet.”

Stone, also a pending UFA, knows the Senators could give each player a deadline to decide whether or not they intend to re-sign with the team.

“Yeah, for sure, but at the same time it’s going to be done privately,” Stone said. “I’m not going to do it through (the media).”

Duchene is in his second season with the Senators after being acquired last year from the Colorado Avalanche. Stone, meanwhile, has played his entire five-year career in Ottawa. Both players have the potential to become UFAs for the first time in their respected careers.

Stone and Duchene currently sit first and second in team scoring with 50 and 47 points, respectively.

Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene faced the music for the first time since a video showing him and six of his teammates in an Uber in Phoenix mocking assistant coach Martin Raymond went viral Monday.

Following the Senators 7-3 win over the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Duchene spoke to reporters apologizing profusely to Raymond for the team’s remarks.

“I can only say what I’m about to say on the matter, I want to take this opportunity to extend my absolutely sincerest apologies to Marty Raymond,” Duchene said, according Murray Pam of Sporting News Canada. “He’s a heck of a person, a coach, and he did not deserve what we said.”

None of the seven players featured in the video (Duchene, Thomas ChabotChris WidemanColin WhiteChris TierneyAlex Formenton, and Dylan DeMelo) spoke earlier Tuesday during the team’s morning skate and none were expected to speak following Tuesday’s contest.

Mark Stone spoke to reporters Tuesday morning, where he noted that the team had already addressed the situation and were looking to move past it.

The Ottawa Senators cutting Zack Smith was tough for some of his teammates to swallow.

The veteran forward was placed on waivers by the Senators on Tuesday, and is free to be claimed by the NHL’s other 30 clubs.

News of the suprising transaction shocked Smith’s teammates in the Senators’ locker room, particularly fellow veteran forward Matt Duchene.

“I’ll be honest, it’s a kick in the balls for us,” Duchene told TSN’s Brent Wallace.

“It’s tough because we love Smitty. He is a great leader, he is a great player,” Duchene added. “Unfortunately, I guess, sometimes in this business, things happen that are sometimes beyond hockey reasons and things like that. It’s tough right now, we are hurting.”

Whether Smith is claimed by another team could be determined by his contract, as the 30-year-old is signed for the next three seasons at a $3.25-million cap hit.

Smith was limited to five goals and 14 assists in 68 games with Ottawa last season. He notched a career-high 25 goals during the 2015-16 campaign.

Rival teams have until 12 p.m. ET on Wednesday to submit a claim for Smith. Waiver priority is based on last season’s reversed final standings.

If Matt Duchene is to re-sign with the Ottawa Senators, it could depend on two of his teammates landing contract extensions of their own.

Duchene can become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, but the 27-year-old is keeping an eye on forward Mark Stone‘s and captain Erik Karlsson‘s futures in Ottawa to help decide whether he’ll stick with the Senators.

“Those are the things I want to sit back and watch,” Duchene told NHL.com’s Dan Rosen. “The nice thing is is I’m kind of the last domino in that sense. Those are things I want to see.”

Duchene, who is entering the campaign on the final season of a five-year, $30-million pact, could be among the top free agents available next summer should he choose to test the waters.

Like Duchene, both Stone and Karlsson can become unrestricted free agents in 2019. That became a reality for Stone after he agreed to a one-year deal in August ahead of an arbitration hearing, while Karlsson’s future in the Canadian capital has been a subject of trade chatter dating back to last season’s deadline.

“Erik, that’s a little bit different situation, but with (Mark), that’s a guy I’d love to move forward with as a teammate,” Duchene added. “Him doing a one-year deal, it’s a little bit different and makes you think a little bit, but I want to see what he’s saying and we’ll talk through it.

“Having talked about it, we both really like it in Ottawa and we both want it to work, so that’s the biggest thing.”