11/8/17 | 8:57PM: McKenzie said on NBCSN that the Rangers were "very much in" on Matt Duchene or they would have liked to have been in on Matt Duchene with the Avalanche but the Avalanche were "absolutely insisting" that Brady Skjei be part of any package.
McKenzie said that including Skjei was "basically a non-starter" for the Rangers.
7:41PM: The Colorado Avalanche reportedly insisted on Brady Skjei as part of a potential deal that would have sent Matt Duchene to the Rangers. (FanRag)
Bob McKenzie said that the Rangers apparently wanted Duchene "badly" but they were unwilling to give up Skjei to make that happen. (FanRag)
It was reported in mid-October that the Rangers had checked in on Duchene.
Duchene was traded over the weekend to Ottawa as part of a three-team deal and is signed for one more season, after this one, with a cap hit of $6 million.
Skjei has 2 goals, 2 assists, 27 hits, 26 blocked shots, an average of 19:12 and is an RFA after this season.
Adam Rotter: None of that is overly surprising, that the Rangers wanted Duchene, that the Avs wanted Brady Skjei and that the Rangers wouldn't give him up. Trading Skjei, and likely more, would have opened up a hole on defense while closing a hole at center. It would have been very hard for the Rangers to acquire Duchene and not hurt themselves in another area.
Skjei is a tremendous value for the Rangers as a young top-four defenseman on his entry-level deal. He will get a raise next season, maybe a longer term deal like Ryan McDonagh did out of entry level, but that will likely still be a pretty good value for the Rangers. Skjei isn't untouchable but he is big part of the Rangers present and future so it would take something pretty special for him to be moved.