As most here know, I've been beating the Duchene drum for a while now; and doing so because it would be a good move to make even when we're healthy. And I agree with LGD that we don't make any moves that are just stop-gap for this temporary injury dump. That said, don't expect that we can keep Duchene past the end of his existing contract. We won't be able to afford what he can get in free agency after next season. It's still a good trade to make for this season and next in that it makes us more competitive, and would help a LOT if it could be done now.
If we get him, win the Cup and the cap goes up, maybe we can keep him after next year. But realistically, we need young cheap help to get us beyond that point. By then Raks should be fully established and Jones and Steel should be showing what they can do.
God damn you just had to rain on our parade? This is where Kesler/Getz/Perry just kills us. 3 more years on each at full value, then they start dipping down. Getz/Perry/Kesler 3 years from now eating up 20 million? The cap better go up A LOT.