Brian Boyle

What we learned in the NHL last week: Duchene moves, Coyotes win and the Oilers struggle

What we learned in the NHL last week: Duchene moves, Coyotes win and the Oilers struggle

Joe Sakic’s patience paid off.

The Colorado Avalanche’s general manager was criticized for not trading unhappy forward Matt Duchene last season, but Sakic waited and got a solid return in a three-way trade that involved Colorado, Ottawa and Nashville. Duchene—who was pulled off the ice at mid-game Sunday—joined the Senators, who sent Kyle Turris to Nashville to become the Predators’ second-line center under a new, six-year, $36-million contract.

Nashville, deep on defense, traded defense prospect Samuel Girard and forward Vladislav Kamenev to Colorado, which got forward Shane Bowers (the 28th pick in the June draft) and goaltender Andrew Hammond from Ottawa. Sakic also got...

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