Jackets Acquire Duchene For Prospects

Senators trade centre Matt Duchene to Columbus for prospects, pick

On Saturday, Duchene's Ottawa linemate Ryan Dzingel was acquired, and goalie Keith Kinkaid and tough-guy defenceman Adam McQuaid were picked up from New Jersey and the New York Rangers, respectively, just before the Monday deadline.

So far the trade has worked out for the Blue Jackets and Duchene, who scored a goal and added an assist in a 4-0 win in his home debut against San Jose.

"I'd be happy if we go four rounds and win", he said.

A league source told Postmedia the 26-year-old Dzingel turned down a five-year deal worth in excess of $20 million from the Senators because he didn't think that was enough. "He's letting the team know, and the team has heard it loud and clear, that he's worked hard to upgrade our roster".

"We're pleased with the futures we've received in this deal", Dorion said.

Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets (34-23-3), who halted a two-game losing skid to take over third in the Metropolitan Division.

Columbus has traded for Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene, the Blue Jackets announced Friday.

"This is definitely not, 'okay we're all in for this spring and that's it, we'll start the rebuild, '" Kekalainen added.

Columbus now sits third in a clogged Metropolitan Division, which features five teams within six standings points of each other.

Washington Capitals GM Brian MacLellan was intrigued by Kekalainen's approach.

"He definitely wants to play", Shero said of Hall. And then there were the blockbuster moves he made last summer by acquiring Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson and re-signing forward Evander Kane.

"We obviously have issues on defense with injuries", Rutherford said.

This is belaboring the point a bit, but McQuaid was a player whose name was being heavily tied to the Tampa Bay Lightning before the deadline. "He's a big reason why New Jersey made the playoffs previous year". Carolina holds the conference's second and final wild-card berth. He said the Blue Jackets kept their top three forward prospects in Liam Foudy, the 18th pick in the 2018 draft, Alexandre Texier, a second-round pick (No. 45) in the 2017 draft, and Emil Bemstrom, a fourth-round pick (No. 117) in the 2016 draft. However, it's fair to expect this to be a high point for him, as the soon-to-be 27-year-old is shooting 16.5% on the season.

The trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on February 25.

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