Duchene will 'definitely' talk with Blue Jackets about re-signing
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In what Matt Duchene admitted is "probably the biggest decision I'll ever have to make," the pending unrestricted free agent is at least considering re-signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"I've really enjoyed my time here and we will definitely be talking with (general manager Jarmo Kekalainen) and the Blue Jackets and seeing what's in store," Duchene told reporters during the team's locker cleanout day.

Still accepting a Game 6 loss in the second round of the playoffs, Duchene is far from settled on a destination. He said he will make a "hockey decision" and intends to explore all opportunities.

Duchene tied his career high with 70 points this past season and increased his value with 10 points in as many playoff games. Centers of his caliber and age (28) rarely hit the open market.

The Blue Jackets already have limited draft picks after Kekalainen's pre-deadline splurge, but if Duchene re-signs, the Ottawa Senators will receive Columbus' first-round pick in 2020.

"Obviously, it would be a great thing if it could continue, so we'll see what happens," Duchene said.

When asked what resources he'll use to help make his decision, Duchene said he may reach out to good friend John Tavares, who left the New York Islanders last summer to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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