Blockbuster: Blue Jackets Acquire All-Star Center Matt Duchene from Ottawa Senators

By Chris Pennington on February 22, 2019 at 11:47 am
In 50 games for the Ottawa Senators this season, Matt Duchene has 57 points on 27 goals and 31 assists.

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The wait is over.

Per multiple reports, the Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired All-Star center Matt Duchene in a trade with the Ottawa Senators. The trade was announced Friday morning.

In addition to Duchene, Ottawa is also sending defensemen Julius Bergman to Columbus, a prospect for the Senators.

In return, reports have indicated that Blue Jackets' forward prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathon Davidsson will be sent to Ottawa. 

There is also word that at least one draft pick is also being sent back to the Senators from the Blue Jackets - dependent on Duchene's free agency decision this summer (He becomes a UFA at the end of this season).

The Blue Jackets have been lacking depth in the middle of the ice for years now, and this is certainly a helpful solution. In 50 games for the Ottawa Senators this season, Matt Duchene has 57 points on 27 goals and 31 assists.

Without a doubt, this is a sign that the Blue Jackets are pushing their chips in and going for a Stanley Cup run. Will it pay off? That's to be determined.

To top it all off, the Blue Jackets face off with the Senators tonight at Canadian Tire Centre at 7:00 PM.

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