Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene said Thursday he did not know he was the subject of trade rumors that surfaced this week.
"I have no idea what you're talking about," Duchene told ESPN Boston. "Well, I hope not. I guess that's up to them. I want to be an Av, I've said that my whole career. I don't know what the rumors are, and I'm not going to go looking for them either; whatever."
Reporter Elliotte Friedman told NHL Network on Friday that he had "no doubt [the Avalanche] have tested the market on Duchene."
Reporter Bob McKenzie told TSN 1050 Toronto radio that Duchene is "a name that people are keeping an eye on." McKenzie said the Ottawa Senators are looking for a scoring forward and would be willing to trade a defenseman, a need of Colorado's.
Duchene had a goal and an assist Thursday in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins to give him seven goals and four assists in 16 games. Nine of his 11 points have come in the past six games.
Duchene, 24, had 55 points last season after an NHL career-high 70 two seasons ago. He has three additional seasons remaining on his contract at an average annual value of $6 million, according to war-on-ice.com.