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Blue Jackets acquire C Duchene from Sens

Ottawa Senators center Matt Duchene, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Mark Stone during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 in Ottawa, Ontario. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired Matt Duchene from the Ottawa Senators on Friday in exchange for a 2019 first-round draft pick and two top prospects, adding a veteran center as they make a push for a playoff spot.

The 28-year-old Duchene, one of the top players available ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline, was dealt for forwards Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson. Columbus also got minor league defenseman Julius Bergman as the two teams prepared for a game in Ottawa on Friday night.

Columbus will send an additional 2020 first-round draft pick to Ottawa if it is able to sign Duchene to a contract extension. He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season.

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