Duchene expected to sign with Predators

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  • Free-agent forward Matt Duchene is reportedly set to join the Nashville Predators on a contract carrying an average annual value of $8 million.
  • This is finally happening.
  • If Duchene signs in Nashville, he’ll probably be leaving on the table.
  • The Montreal Canadiens have shown great interest in the 27 years old centerman.
  • Rumors has it that Bergevin was willing to offer Duchene AAV $9M a year.
  • Per Friedman, the Blue Jackets attempted to retain Duchene’s services with an eight-year offer in the same neighborhood as Nashville’s, but the center decided to join the Preds. (It’s worth noting that Tennessee has no income tax.)
  • It’s clear that the Preds were positioning themselves for a big free agent splash when they dealt PK Subban to the Devils earlier this offseason. That move was seemingly a glorified salary cap dump in order to help free up some money for the Duchene signing.
  • Duchene and Nashville also already have a little bit of history. The Predators played the role of facilitator in the three-team trade that sent Duchene from Colorado to Ottawa a few years ago as he sought to play for a winner.
  • It’s clear that MAtt wants to join a Cup Contender team.

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