Nathan MacKinnon (center) and Matt Duchene (right) (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Avalanche’s signing of Tyson Barrie has taken his name out of the rumor mill, but teammates Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene are still considered potential trade candidates in Colorado. Meanwhile, the Flyers may be forced to make a move if rookie Ivan Provorov earns a spot out of camp.
On Sunday, the Colorado Avalanche avoided an arbitration-awarded contract with defenseman Tyson Barrie. They re-signed him to a four-year, $22-million deal worth an average annual value of $5.5 million.
For several months, Barrie's contract status with the Avalanche generated considerable speculation about his future in Denver. Trade rumors linked the 25-year-old with the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings, Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks.
The Vancouver Sun's Jason Botchford includes Landeskog on his list of players he thinks the Canucks should pursue. The 23-year-old Avalanche captain first popped up in trade speculation on June 30, when TSN's Darren Dreger reported the Avs and Anaheim Ducks talked about Landeskog and Ducks blueliner Hampus Lindholm in mid-June.
Duchene was also a frequent subject of trade speculation last season. When asked about it during a recent interview with Sportsnet 590, Duchene acknowledged changes could take place if the club fails to improve in 2016-17. He doesn't know if he would be part of those changes.
Since late June, however, talk of Landeskog or Duchene being trade bait has died down. Perhaps Avalanche management couldn't find any deals worth making for either guy. Maybe they had no intention of moving them in the first place.
Odds are Landeskog and Duchene will be in the Avs lineup when the season begins in October. However, if it appears the club is still trending in the wrong direction by midseason, some significant roster changes could take place before the February 28 trade deadline.
Critics of Avalanche coach Patrick Roy would prefer a shakeup behind the bench over trading their good young players. Given Roy's influence on roster decisions, however, Landeskog or Duchene could pay the price for missing the playoffs again.
PROVOROV’S PLAY COULD FORCE TRADE IN PHILADELPHIA
The Philadelphia Flyers could face finding a roster spot for promising young defenseman Ivan Provorov if he performs well in training camp. CSNPhilly.com's Tim Panaccio reports the 19-year-old Provorov outperformed other blueline hopefuls during the Flyers' development camp.
Blueliner Mark Streit was frequently mentioned as a trade candidate in recent months. While Panaccio acknowledges moving the 38-year-old as the simple solution, he reports there hasn't been any interest in the veteran d-man since last winter. Streit's cap hit ($5.25 million) and no-trade clause could also complicate matters.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall would probably love to ship out Andrew MacDonald, but his $5 million annual cap hit probably ensures he won't be going anywhere. MacDonald could be demoted, but the Flyers will only receive $950K in cap relief from that move. However, it's something Hextall did last season and could go that route again to create a spot for Provorov.
Rumor Roundup appears regularly only on thehockeynews.com. Lyle Richardson has been an NHL commentator since 1998 on his website, spectorshockey.net, and is a contributing writer for Eishockey News and The Guardian (P.E.I.).
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