NHL Trade Rumors: Top Buzz Surrounding Matt Duchene, Kyle Turris and More – Bleacher Report

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The 2017-18 NHL season is young, but there is already plenty of action in the rumor mill with some teams looking to improve immediately and others looking toward the future.

Most of the league’s trade activity takes place during the offseason or prior to the deadline, however, due to the risk of players getting injured during the arduous NHL campaign and then losing them for nothing in free agency, some blockbuster deals could take place early in the season.

Here is a closer look at some of the top players and teams rumored to be in on trade discussions already this season.

             

Matt Duchene

The Colorado Avalanche are a team in rebuilding mode, and while forward Matt Duchene is still young with plenty of promise, he has long been the subject of trade rumors.

Duchene has just one season remaining on his contract beyond 2017-18, which means his trade value isn’t likely to increase as time continues to pass.

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, as many as eight teams have discussed a Duchene deal with the Avs, including the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Garrioch noted the biggest reason no trade has been consummated yet is that Colorado is looking for a top defenseman, high-end prospect and draft pick in return.

Duchene struggled last season to the tune of a career-low 41 points and a minus-34 rating, but early returns have been good in 2017-18.

Entering play Wednesday, the 26-year-old had recorded one goal and two assists for three points in three games for an Avs team that looks to be improved.

Colorado is likely still a couple of

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