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The Arizona Coyotes have their eye on one of the summer’s top free-agent prizes, as Matt Duchene is the club’s “primary focus” heading into the offseason, TSN’s Darren Dreger reported on Saturday’s edition of “Insider Trading.”

Duchene, 28, set a career high with 31 goals and tied a personal best with 70 points this past season, splitting time between the Ottawa Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets. The center added 10 points in 10 playoff games and played an integral role in Columbus’ first-round upset of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Dreger added there’s still a possibility Duchene re-signs with Columbus.

Arizona projects to have nearly $14 million in cap space once Marian Hossa’s contract is placed on long-term injured reserve, according to CapFriendly, and the team has few pending free agents to retain.

The Coyotes were one of the best defensive teams in 2018-19, ranking sixth in the league in goals against, but they owned the NHL’s fifth-worst offense with just 213 goals for over 82 games. Adding a dynamic offensive talent like Duchene would go a long way in helping end the league’s second-longest active playoff drought.

In what Matt Duchene admitted is “probably the biggest decision I’ll ever have to make,” the pending unrestricted free agent is at least considering re-signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here and we will definitely be talking with (general manager Jarmo Kekalainen) and the Blue Jackets and seeing what’s in store,” Duchene told reporters during the team’s locker cleanout day.

Still accepting a Game 6 loss in the second round of the playoffs, Duchene is far from settled on a destination. He said he will make a “hockey decision” and intends to explore all opportunities.

Duchene tied his career high with 70 points this past season and increased his value with 10 points in as many playoff games. Centers of his caliber and age (28) rarely hit the open market.

The Blue Jackets already have limited draft picks after Kekalainen’s pre-deadline splurge, but if Duchene re-signs, the Ottawa Senators will receive Columbus’ first-round pick in 2020.

“Obviously, it would be a great thing if it could continue, so we’ll see what happens,” Duchene said.

When asked what resources he’ll use to help make his decision, Duchene said he may reach out to good friend John Tavares, who left the New York Islanders last summer to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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After trading for Matt Duchene on Friday, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said he’ll need a king’s ransom if he’s going to consider trading pending unrestricted free agent Artemi Panarin.

“I don’t think this affects that at all,” Kekalainen said, according to Tom Reed of The Athletic. “We said right from the start and I think we’ve stayed consistent with what we’ve said about Panarin. We’re not going to trade Panarin just for draft picks. We’re going to keep our eyes and ears open on what the marketplace looks like. That’s what we have said right from the start. But it would have to be a deal that we can’t refuse. It would have to make sense now and in the future. That’s the best answer I can give you.”

Panarin was the biggest name in the rental market before the Blue Jackets flipped the script and became buyers.

Now, even though Columbus has another marquee pending UFA on its books in Duchene, the Blue Jackets appear all-in to make a playoff push before a critical offseason.

Entering Friday’s action, Columbus sits two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for third spot in the Metropolitan Division with two games in hand.

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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.