Duchene tries to be ‘relaxed’ about Avs, trade rumors

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“It is what it is.”

“Whatever’s going to happen is gonna happen.”

Honestly, those are the sort of phrases you hear when someone’s … well, unhappy at work.

Those are also phrases Matt Duchene uttered while mostly putting on a brave face to TSN about the trade rumors swirling Duchene and the Colorado Avalanche. Here’s the full quote he provided when asked if all that talk makes him nervous.

“Yes and no,” Duchene said. “I think right now I’m pretty relaxed, I know whatever’s going to happen is gonna happen. I don’t really have control of it and I’m just worried about being at the top of my game and kind of getting to where I was kind of the first half of last season, before everything kind of fell apart in Colorado. I feel good right now, probably as good as I felt at any point during the year.

“It is what it is and let it happen. “

Credit Duchene with not trashing the Avalanche, at least not publicly, even as a move hasn’t happened as of Aug. 2. Though it makes sense it’s plausible that he’ll remain with the team.

You know, not that even Duchene necessarily believes that he’s sticking with the Avalanche:

That doesn’t seem ideal.

Also not ideal, apparently: lining him up with Gabriel Landeskog if he does remain with the Avalanche for a significant length of time.