Matt Duchene likes to have a little elbow room.
A decade into his NHL career and now on to his fourth team, the 28-year-old center has not lost touch with his upbringing in Haliburton, Ont., an area with hundreds of lakes and plenty of other outdoor recreation options. “It’s beautiful,” he said. “I’m used to having a lot of space. I love to fish. I love to be outside.”
In that regard, his new home might not be the ideal location. Duchene joined the Nashville Predators when he signed a seven-year, $56-million ($8-million AAV) free-agent pact July 1. The deal capped a lengthy courtship between both sides that included multiple attempts by Nashville to trade for him over the previous three seasons and had Duchene talking about establishing roots with his family (he and his wife have an infa...
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