Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon said Saturday he knows their last-place standing could result in high-profile teammates being traded even if they don't want to be.
Captain Gabriel Landeskog and forward Matt Duchene are two Avalanche who could be elsewhere after the NHL Trade Deadline on March 1.
"They've been in Colorado for a long time," MacKinnon said at Media Day for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game, according to Pro Hockey Talk. "They don't want to get traded. Everyone wants to figure this thing out. It's unfortunate that it's come to this, but I think changes are necessary when you lose like this."
Duchene, 26, the No. 3 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, has been with Colorado since the 2009-10 NHL season. Landeskog, 24, the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, has played for it since 2011-12 and was the youngest captain in NHL history when named before the next season.
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Duchene told the Denver Post this week he is open to being traded.
"I understand that at this juncture of the season, the way things are going, something may happen, something may not," he said. "We'll see."
Colorado is 13-31-2, last in the NHL standings with 28 points, eight behind the next-to-last Arizona Coyotes, in their first season under coach Jared Bednar, who was hired Aug. 25 after Patrick Roy resigned.
"It's tough," MacKinnon, 21, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, said. "You don't wake up with the same excitement that you used to. Even in your personal life, it takes a hit on you. It's draining. Especially when you're losing like this."