The Columbus Blue Jackets, a franchise that has never won a playoff series, boldly pushed all-in for a run Friday by acquiring Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators. They traded away two prospects, a first-round pick and another first-rounder if Duchene re-signs with the Blue Jackets this offseason, according to multiple reports.
The Senators will receive prize forward prospect Vitaly Abramov, plus “B” prospect Jonathan Davidsson, a forward. Prospect defenseman Julius Bergman is also being sent to Columbus.
Duchene, who can play center and wing, is one of the three key potential unrestricted free agents that the Senators will move. Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel are also expected to be dealt.
The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. ET.
The expectation was that Duchene would end up in the Western Conference, perhaps with Nashville or Winnipeg. But the Blue Jackets, faced with a difficult decision about their own pending UFAs Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, decided to concentrate on a playoff run instead of being a seller.