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Matt Duchene is wasting no time in packing his bags. On his Twitter bio, he describes himself as “a country music wannabe”. With his love for country music and his quest for a Stanley Cup, the Nashville Predators seemed like the perfect fit.
Matt Duchene has signed a 7 year, 56 million dollars deal. That’s roughly an AAV of 8 million USD.
In the below tweet from TSN’s Darren Dreger, the hockey analyst explains that Duchene’s contract includes quite a bit of signing bonus funds. In total, Duchene is earning 28 million in signing bonuses. Take a look at the year-by-year breakdown.
Duchene contract with Preds includes $28 million in signing bonus money. Year by year total: $10 mil, $8 mil, $10mil, $8mil, $9 mil, $6 mil, $5 mil.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 1, 2019
Losing Subban, Adding Duchene
A few days ago, the Predators created the necessary cap space to add Duchene when they traded P.K. Subban and his 9 million dollar cap hit to the New Jersey Devils. The Predators have an emerging defensive stud in Dante Fabbro, so they felt comfortable in the defense and saw an opportunity to free up cap space and add a top centreman.
In the tweet below from Greg Moshopoulous (@GreekGoalie35), he talks about the moves that general manager David Poile made over the last two weeks and how the Predators are in fact saving money.
So Poile traded $9M/yr Subban, for two prospects (one of which has NHL experience, 2 2nd round picks, and Matt Duchene… AND saves $1M/yr in the process.— Greg Moshopoulos (@GreekGoalie35) July 1, 2019
That's as good as you can expect. #Preds
There were plenty of hockey fans across the globe who were questioning the Subban trade, but it helped the Predators address major issues. They needed to improve their forward group.
At a press conference today, David Poile said “Our objective this offseason was to bolster our offense, and signing Matt Duchene gives us another dynamic goal-scoring, playmaking center,”. Poile went onto say, “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 Duchene is an elite scorer. He first came into the league in 2009 draft and was the third overall pick by the Colorado Avalanche. Since his NHL debut, Duchene has scored 547 points. He has scored 232 goals and 315 assists. This ranks him second among skaters from this draft. Last year, Matt Duchene suited up for the Ottawa Senators and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Even though he was moved at the deadline, he quickly found chemistry with his teammates in Columbus. At the end of the regular season, he managed to tally 31 goals and 39 assists.
Along with being a goal scorer he can also take face-offs. His face-off percentage is off the charts. For his career, he holds a 53.1 percent win percentage. According to nhl.com, he’s the 12th-highest among players who have taken at least 10,000 face-offs since he entered the League in 2009-10. Last year was his best year at the dot. His 62.9 face-off win percentage was ranked first in the NHL. In addition, Duchene’s win percentage from last season at the face-off circle is ranked tenth all-time in NHL history.
As you can see, Matt Duchene will have an instant impact on the Predators.
stats from hockey-reference.com and NHL.com