Insider Only Latest Pens Buzz: Av’s starting to identify asking prices for Duchene, Landeskog

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Latest Penguins Buzz

The Pittsburgh Penguins have had more than just exploratory talks with the Colorado Avalanche in recent weeks, NHL sources tell TIOPS.

Talks have been serious enough where the Avalanche have begun identifying key pieces in talks they would seek to move Matt Duchene who the Penguins have significant interest in and Gabriel Landeskog who the Penguins have also discussed.

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has looked into both players in an attempt to land a long-term impact forward. Pittsburgh has not ruled out runs at either player, but Duchene interests the Penguins more.

The Penguins believe Duchene could easily play on Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin’s wing and boost the top-6 for this season and also give the Penguins an option of a Duchene-Kessel third line beyond this season.

Penguin officials continue to be believers the team has a key three to four year window to win multiple Stanley Cups which has Jim Rutherford willing to make a splash. Duchene’s contract has two years remaining with a $6 million cap hit. The term is a more ideal fit for the Penguins.

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