Rounding out the list of the most prominent Predators forwards is Duchene, who also has one of the worst contracts in the NHL right now. He also is highly unlikely to be mentioned in trade rumors, and honestly, is likely to stay in Nashville for the foreseeable future.
Unlike Johansen, Duchene has made his presence felt in the lineup multiple times this year, and would be a better player to keep between the two of them.
Don’t be surprised if Duchene is exposed in the expansion draft, but expect Poile to at least try to convince the Seattle Kraken to take Johansen instead.
If it was legitimately possible to trade Duchene, that would be ideal, but there obviously is little to no chance of that happening. And a buyout really is not an option either, given the length of his contract and that the Predators recently bought out Kyle Turris.
It looks like more of a bad investment than not at this point, but Duchene is a player that the team may just have to hang onto for several more years.