Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog remain on the trade block.

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Bruins still interested in Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog

Ty Anderson
June 11, 2017 - 2:28 am

If there’s a big deal to be made, there’s a good chance that the Bruins, still very much in the market for an upgrade to their defense and forward corps, are in on it. Or at least attempting to get in on it.

The first batch of offseason rumors linked the Bruins to the Wild, this time for defensive help, namely Jonas Brodin, a player the Wild risk losing for nothing via the expansion draft later this month. But the latest has connected the Bruins back to two of their in-season trade targets: One of the Colorado’s high-ceiling, but undeniably scenery-changing-needed forwards, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog.

By now, the B’s interest in both Duchene and Landeskog has been well documented.

Duchene, under contract at $6 million for another two seasons, is back on the market following an 18-goal, 41-point campaign for the straight-up dreadful Avalanche. A forward capable of playing both center and left wing, the 26-year-old Duchene has been a hot-and-cold talent throughout his career, but is just one season removed from the first and only 30-goal season of his NHL career.

The Canadiens, Senators, and Kings are just a few of the teams that have been previously linked to Duchene, the third overall pick from the 2009 NHL Draft, but the list of interested teams obviously goes on, as the 5-foot-11 sniper has totaled 174 goals and 418 points in 572 NHL games.

Landeskog, meanwhile, has seemingly become the Black and Gold’s version of the Loch Ness Monster.

Linked to the Bruins for what’s felt like eons, Landeskog had a disaster of a 2016-17 campaign with the Avs, finishing the year with 18 goals and 33 points in 72 games for the Avs. It was Landeskog’s lowest point total in any non-lockout season, and it was the third straight season in which his point totals drop, and his most drastic one to date, with a 20-point drop-off from 2015-16’s 53-point year.

Against any team’s cap at $5.571 million cap hit through 2021, Landeskog’s best year came back in 2013-14, where he recorded career highs in goals (26), assists (39), and points (65).

The 24-year-old Landeskog has 118 goals and 279 points in 428 career games.

Talks between the Bruins and Avalanche originally stalled when the Avalanche asked for the 20-year-old Brandon Carlo -- who totaled six goals, 16 points, and averaged 20:48 of time on ice per contest this past season -- to be the centerpiece of any deal involving either player.

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