Since being acquired from the Colorado Avalanche, Matt Duchene has been a critical piece of the Ottawa Senators offense. The star centerman is a leader on the team as an alternate captain, and the Senators are trying to come to a contract extension agreement with him. 

The proposed contract is expected to be a long-term, eight-year deal that would pay Duchene around $9 million per year.

The Senators have already sent a massive offer Duchene's way. 

This is big money for the NHL, and many could argue that Duchene is worth it. This season he has 20 goals and 26 assists through 40 games. Last season, he was a point short of 60 total points between his two teams. He's second on the team in both goals and points behind only right winger Mark Stone. 

Colorado traded Duchene after 16 games last season, and he finished the season with the Senators without missing a single contest.

It seems like Duchene is interested in staying in ​Ottawa after adding, "hopefully it works out," when asked about his re-signing process. As long as the Senators continue to talk about a deal this big, it's likely the two sides come to an ag