One way or another, the Ottawa Senators were determined to not watch Matt Duchenedepart as an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Ottawa traded away its alternate captain to the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday, but it wasn't the club's first choice. According to general manager Pierre Dorion, the Senators first sought to sign Duchene to an extension.
"Our desire was to have Matt be part of this (rebuild) and as such we approached him with a fair and comprehensive contract offer to remain a Senator for the long term," Dorion said in a club-issued statement.
But with Ottawa sitting last in the league standings, Duchene apparently decided a fresh start was needed, and the Senators quickly pivoted.