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Blue Jackets’ Offense Gets Big Boost with Addition of Duchene

According to multiple reports, the Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators.

Pierre Lebrun of The Athletic and TSN, reported that the trade consists of the following:

Believe the full trade is: Abramov, Davidsson and a 1st RD pick for Duchene and Bergman. And a conditional 1st RD pick if Matt Duchene signs with Columbus

What’s ironic is that his first game with the Blue Jackets happens to be tonight against the Senators. No better way to make your debut then by playing against your former club, eh?

As of this writing, the team sits just one point out of the second Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with 69 points. The club is also just two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for third in the Metropolitan Division.

This is a huge get for the Blue Jackets. Duchene brings point production (58 points in 50 games), speed, a ton of offensive ability, and some star power.

Furthermore, he brings another game-changing player to this team for the playoffs should they manage to get in. Right now, the team’s big-game players are Artemi Panarin (67 points) and Cam Atkinson (55 points) so adding Duchene should provide a big boost.

It is clear that with this move, the Blue Jackets are all in on making things happen this year. With the status of both Panarin and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky up in the air for next season and assuming they stay for the rest of this season, the team should now be considered legitimate contenders for the Cup should they get into the postseason.


Photo: Sportsnet.ca

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