By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Nashville Predators have signed center Matt Duchene to a seven-year deal. His deal will be worth $56 million.
Duchene is now signed through the 2025-26 season with the Predators.
“Our objective this off season was to bolster our offense, and signing Matt Duchene gives us another dynamic goal-scoring, playmaking center,” Predators GM David Poile said. “We are excited to add his skill and experience to our top-six forwards and look forward to the next seven years of Matt and his family in Smashville. Matt’s love of country music and passion for the city of Nashville make this partnership a perfect fit.”
Duchene was the third overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent the first nine seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, before spending a year and a half with the Ottawa Senators.
He was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in February. Duchene was acquired for Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, along with a first-round draft pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
After being acquired by the Blue Jackets, he had four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 23 regular season games. He also had a -1 +/- and 2 PIM.
Three of his goals were even strength goals. His other goal came on the power play.
Before the trade, he had 27 goals and 31 assists for 58 points in 50 games with the Senators. He also had a -2 +/- and 6 PIM.
Duchene had 22 goals on even strength. He also had five power-play goals, including one game-winner.
In his career, he has appeared in 727 games. He has 232 goals with 315 assists for 547 points. He also has an -86 +/- and 166 PIM.
One hundred and seventy seven goals were scored on even strength. He also has 53 goals on the power play and two more on short-handed goals.
Thirty two goals have come as a game-winner.