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Matt Duchene On Colorado’s 5-0 To Minnesota Last Night

from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,

Avs center Matt Duchene said Colorado didn’t see the train coming before it ran them over on Thursday.

“We just weren’t ready for last night,” Duchene said Friday after a gym workout. “We didn’t know what was going to hit us. We played terrible.”...

“That was a clinic for them last night,” Duchene said. “They absolutely dominated us. They probably deserved to win 8-0.”

Duchene managed just one shot on goal in his 19 minutes and 56 seconds on the ice at Minnesota. And he shouldered some blame for the rout, saying nobody, it seemed, wanted to take charge on against the Wild.

“Everyone has to take responsibility for their own game and not pass the problem off to their teammates and their linemates,” Duchene said. “A lot of us didn’t want the puck last night. There were a lot of times we passed the problem to somebody else.”

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The Colorado Avalanche Will Decide On Matt Duchene’s Playing Status After Monday’s Morning Skate

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Matt Duchene, the Avs' dynamic center and leading scorer in the regular season, was the last player off the ice Sunday at the team's practice facility and is likely to make his postseason debut vs. the Wild at Minnesota in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series Monday night.

Colorado coach Patrick Roy said a decision on playing Duchene will be made after the morning skate Monday, and if he plays for the first time in a little more than a month he will begin on the fourth line and be used primarily on the power play.

"But don't tell anybody," Roy joked about how he intends to utilize Duchene.

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Matt Duchene Out Four Weeks With Knee Injury

added 11:38am, Watch how the injury happened below...

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Morning Line

"I'm always a positive person. Obviously, I believe that he's going to be back for the playoffs. This is the way I am. But at the same time, we lost Peter Forsberg after the second round the year we win the Cup (in 2001), and a team is a team. You have to go out there and play hard and find ways to win games. That's what we're going to continue to do."

-Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy on Matt Duchene's knee injuy.  Duchene will have an MRI and then Colorado will update his status.

More on the Avalanche from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

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Duchene Expected Back In About A Week

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

If all goes well, Matt Duchene will miss only a week of action with the Avalanche because of an oblique injury.

That was the word Sunday from Avalanche coach Patrick Roy, who said Duchene and the team's medical staff informed him a week off will be needed for Duchene to recover from the injury.

"We will hope it's not more than that, but (Duchene) said he would need about a week," Roy said.

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Matt Duchene Suffers Oblique Injury

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

More bad news on the injury front tonight: Matt Duchene now is hurt. The Avs uber-center has what the team called an oblique injury, suffered in the third period.

The usual is all I can report right now: we’ll know more tomorrow. I don’t want to sound the alarm bell too much, because I don’t know the extent of anything as I type. All I know is oblique injuries are not good for hockey players. They can linger on and on, and need full recovery because those are the muscles most used – are close to it if they aren’t – in skating strides.

Duchene’s game is all about speed, so any injury like that is not good.

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Taking Notice Of Matt Duchene

from Rory Boylen of The Hockey News,

Matt Duchene is really exploding as a player. “No duh,” right?

Everything he’s done so far this young season has legitimized his case for inclusion on Canada’s Olympic team. The Avalanche are benefitting from having such an explosive and productive player, who has helped fuel a 12-2-0 start for a team with middling expectations. He’s boosted his reputation to previously anticipated levels – on a pedestal where he’ll be compared to fellow 2009 draft pick John Tavares for perhaps his entire career.

Unfair as it may be, since the two play different styles, the fact this narrative is still relevant and interesting is a good thing for Duchene. If it wasn’t worth remembering he would be having a season like the dreadful one he had in 2011-12 and not be the dynamic presence he’s been this season and last.

When you think of Duchene, you think of speed. Brilliant, blinding, blurred speed.

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Below, watch his his power skating put to the test on his goal from last night...

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Matheson engages in a fascinating conversation with Rob Blake about the suspension process

The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's posted at least half of his weekly Hockey World articles on his blog page (I believe that he's still working on "Ask Matty" as I'm posting this, and I don't see any "Short Shifts" yet).

Especially given a) the fact that Don Cherry decided to suggest that John Scott and Cody McLeod require the sympathy of fans who don't understand "their role" or their obligation to "make a difference" and b) the endless suggestions that it's up to players and only players to police themselves when Sportsnet's John Shannon so wisely suggested that coaches, GM's and owners also share responsibility for employing players in "punishing" roles (we tend to forget that both players, coaches, GM's and owners are generally concerned about their team's well-being and competitive interests ahead of safe working environments)...

It's refreshing to hear now-NHL Department of Player Safety employee Rob Blake tell Matheson that there's a significant amount of push-back from teams when players are facing Sheriff Shanny's Wheel of Justice:

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Positive Changes For Matt Duchene

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

"My first (couple of years), if I wasn't scoring or things weren't going well, I would come to practice the next day and I would put so much pressure on myself to score. And then if I didn't, I would get down and it would carry on to the next day," Duchene said. "Now, if I have a slump, I just stay consistent with what works, because it will eventually work.

"Same thing on the flip side; before if I got hot, I would be so excited and on cloud nine. I may be like that now on the inside, but I don't show it."

Duchene not only changed his mind-set before last season, he changed his body. He switched to a gluten-free diet, which helped him drop weight without sacrificing muscle mass. He played well in the NHL's lockout-shortened season and was rewarded this past offseason with a five-year, $30 million contract extension that will kick in next season. While he was happy with his growth on the ice, he was still miserable much of the time. Losing does that.

He also wasn't happy playing for Sacco. At the time, he kept his opinions to himself. But no more.

"There were very few people in this (dressing) room who were happy. Our style of play, it wasn't right for this team. We knew it would fail," Duchene said. "That was the hard part. We knew (any) success was going to be short-lived. It was hard to really be excited about it. For myself, it was really hard to look at what we were doing and think it would keep on working. I can honestly say now, it's not like that."

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Video- Top 5 Plays From Friday Night, AKA The Matt Duchene Show

If you missed some of the great plays from Friday night, here they are via the NHL Network...

 

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Morning Line

“It’s a joke. It’s embarrassing, we put ourselves being the 8-ball every night, every single night. Enough is enough. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s a joke . . . They get in at 3 in the morning (today) after a loss and they want it more than us. It just can’t be that way. We played well the next 40 but we lost by a goal because we allowed two early ones.”

-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to the Flames last night.  More from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs.

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Video- Matt Duchene Beats The Clock

Duchene scored with less than a half a second left in OT to beat the San Jose Sharks.

 

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Duchene And O’Reilly Remain Friends

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

There has been a lot of speculation that Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly might have a problem with each other. That maybe there is a rift between the young centers, and speculation on what that rift might do to the Avalanche's locker-room atmosphere.

So Friday morning after the Avs skated at the Pepsi Center, I bluntly asked Duchene and O'Reilly: "Is there a problem between you two?"

"No," Duchene said. "We're still buddies, we're teammates and we both want to win together."

Said O'Reilly: "We're still friends. I don't know where some of that stuff got started."

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Video- You Make The Call, Offsides Or Not?

Today against the Predators, Matt Duchene with a controversial goal.

 

 

 

 

added 5:15pm, Added another video below, reverse angle, slow-mo, etc...

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A Mess In Denver

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Part of the Avalanche turmoil, of course, is fourth-year center Ryan O'Reilly's continued unsigned status as a restricted free agent. The Avalanche continues to have severe penalty-killing problems, and the franchise hasn't been able to come to terms with one of the top young defensive-oriented centers in the NHL — one who pitched in enough at the offensive end to lead punchless Colorado in points a season ago?

I'll keep typing and saying this until my fingers hurt and my voice gets hoarse: Pox on both houses for not negotiating professionally and reaching a compromise. Those who want to reduce this to "the Avs and/or the Kroenke ownership are cheap" are missing the bigger issue: This is about a wait-your-turn and slotting protocol. Get paid fairly, even lucratively, through the process ... and then the cash register rings even louder when you're about to reach, or reach, unrestricted free agency.

The Avs believe in that concept, as championed by president Pierre Lacroix, the former agent. With Francois Giguere as general manager, they stepped away from it in prematurely signing Paul Stastny to a five-year, $33 million extension ... and learned from it. No team paying David Jones and P.A. Parenteau each $16 million over four years is "cheap." But on the verge of unrestricted status, Jones re-signed with the Avs, and Parenteau was a UFA when he left the Islanders to come to Colorado last summer.

The contrast between O'Reilly and Matt Duchene — the No. 33 and No. 3 overall picks in the 2009 draft who last summer were coming off their three-year, entry-level contracts — is even more interesting now than it was when the season opened.

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Trade Matt Duchene

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

This hockey town isn’t big enough for Paul Stastny, Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly….

Somebody needs to go.

Somebody needs to be bait for the well-known, top-scoring, fed-up wingers on the NHL trade market, Bobby Ryan of Anaheim and Rick Nash of Columbus.

The Avs have a need for somebody to put the puck in the net and a happy surplus of playmakers.

Whenever the Avs lose two in a row, fans automatically take out their frustration on Stastny, whose rock-solid (and often boring) work on the ice never matches the expectations of his $6.6 million salary.

But here’s a different take: Duchene is the center who makes the most sense for the Avs to trade.

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Duchene A Team Player

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Matt Duchene could have played hardball at the bargaining table. He could have gotten more than a two-year, $7 million deal….

But he’s a team guy, in the final analysis. It’s funny – Duchene doesn’t lack for confidence and there have been times I’ve wondered if he’s a bit too full of himself. But I don’t think that now, never really did for long. He cares, that’s the bottom line. He should be commended for not thinking of just himself financially.

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Matt Duchene Signs Two-Year Contract With Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Matt Duchene to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season.

Colorado’s first-round pick (third overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Duchene has recorded 150 points (65g/85a) in 219 games during his three seasons with the Avalanche.  The Haliburton, Ontario native was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2009-10.  He followed that up by becoming the youngest player in franchise history (20 years, 84 days) to lead the team in scoring with 67 points in 80 games during the 2010-11 season.

“Matt is an important part of our team,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “We are excited to come to terms with him and we look forward to seeing him at camp.”

Duchene, 21, was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game in 2010-11 and became the youngest player in franchise history to reach 100 career points, doing so at the age of 20 years, 10 days on Jan. 26, 2011.

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Duchene Out 3-4 Weeks With A Bad Ankle

You have to think the injury will hurt the Avs chances of making the playoffs.

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Duchene Out At Least A Month With Bad Knee

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m not a doctor, but from what I gather, there will be further testing on Duchene’s knee once some of the swelling goes down. It’s possible this could be longer term. BUT, the early tests indicate – at least from that the principals are telling me – that we’re not talking about some catastrophic injury, some torn up ACL or anything.

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Video- Matt Duchene Injures His Knee or Leg

via Adrian Dater tweet,

Duchene to be “re-evaluated” tomoroiw

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Video- Goal Of The Night

Yes, I am late with this, but it is still worthy of watching the goal by Matt Duchene from last night.

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Matt Duchene Slumping

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche can’t figure out what to do with center Matt Duchene, whose star has lost a little luster at the tender age of 20, when his impatience for success has collided with coach Joe Sacco’s frustration. It’s not pretty.

“I try to skip to step 10 before I start step one. I miss some of the little things along the way,” Duchene said Saturday. “I’ve always been someone who has wanted to run before I could walk.”

With a single goal and four assists in 10 games of this young NHL season, Duchene has not been strong enough on both ends of the rink to earn the complete trust of Sacco. Here’s one number that doesn’t lie: Averaging less ice time than Paul Stastny and Ryan O’Reilly, Duchene is currently considered the team’s third-best center. How can that be possible?

“I’m not looking for Matty to be the best defensive player in the league. I want him to be the offensive player he can be. But when you’re not creating things offensively, when you’re not producing offensively, you’ve got to take care of the other stuff. You’ve got to take care of the little details,” Sacco said.

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Matt Duchene Out With Hand Injury

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Matt Duchene will be out indefinitely due to a hand injury suffered on Monday against the Calgary Flames.

Duchene, 20, is the Avalanche’s leading scorer with 47 points (21g/26a) in 57 games.  He also leads the club in goals and shots (141).

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Morning Line

I used to think it was a humiliating thing for a guy to lose a fight. That’s the way I thought of things in real life – if you lost a fight, you lost a piece of your manhood. That’s the way I thought of things as a kid watching hockey: if “your guy” lost the fight, so did you. It was gut-wrenching seeing your guy bloodied and knocked down. And it was throw-your-fists-in-the-air, primal-scream-therapy exhilarating when the other guy got his clock cleaned.

But gradually, you learn the wins and losses in a fight don’t really matter. What matters is standing up for yourself and fighting with honor. That’s it. Yeah it feels great if your guy wins, but it almost never really matters in a game. You learn that players just think of fighting as a “you win some, you lose some” thing, and the only thing that really matters is, again, fighting with honor and in the overall spirit of the competition.

-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.  According to Dater, Matt Duchene snapped last night and got in a fight.  Read all about it.

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How Will Duchene React To Benching?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The big story wasn’t so much the result, a loss in early November, but the benching of Matt Duchene by coach Joe Sacco for most of the second period. More of what went down is spelled out here in colleague Mark Kiszla’s excellent column.

This is going to be very big, seeing how he responds not only Saturday but in the few games after that. He was essentially singled out tonight by the coach, not only in the game but after (video).

Sacco has never publicly bad-mouthed Duchene’s play before, even when it might have warranted it at times, but tonight he definitely sounded like the dad who had to take the car keys away finally.

How Duchene deals with this and responds on the ice will be interesting to see. He is so ambitious and focused and driven, but also a little bit sensitive to criticism.

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All Matt Duchene- Video Edition

Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche has a chat with Scott Burnside of ESPN.

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Waiting For An Injury Update On Duchene

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avs’ 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center was a distant second in the night’s order of disappointing results.

The Avs, who listed Duchene’s condition as a torso injury, initially gave no further update on his condition after the game, but NHL sources said he was taken to a hospital while the game was still in progress. The Avs later confirmed Duchene went to the hospital for further tests but didn’t provide any results….

“We wanted to hold him out for the rest of the game for precautionary measures, and we’ll know more (today),” Avs coach Joe Sacco said.

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added 8:24am, Dater has more at All Things Avs,

Nobody could seem to figure out when or how he was hurt in the brief time he was on the ice in the first period against Chicago, leading to a second theory: that Duchene actually hurt himself in Edmonton the other night. Some who have studied tape of the game believe Duchene was hurt after a hit from the Oilers’ Zach Stortini.

The trouble with that is, Dutchy seemed fine at the morning skate today, and obviously he suited up for the game. So what happened? I’m not a doctor, but seriously, it can be anything. Is it a broken rib? Did a hit from a previous game damage an internal organ that gave out tonight? Did he burst a spleen? Did he severely pull a muscle like Claude Lemieux did back in 1996 and needed abdominal surgery to correct it?

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added 8:27am, Dater just updated All Things Avs with this…

my text was chirping in the black hours of morning, with word from golden, trusted sources that Matt Duchene “will be fine.”

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Duchene In the Calder Race

from Dave Krieger of the Denver Post,

When I asked Duchene if he was paying attention to the Calder race, he grinned.

“Lately I kind of know exactly what’s going on because people are reminding me so much,” he said. “A lot of people are talking to me about it, whether it’s media or somebody back home or whatever. It’s something I can’t really get away from.”

A high-class problem to have. Duchene made this trouble for himself by scoring 14 goals since Thanksgiving to move ahead of the Islanders’ John Tavares in scoring, 37 points to 33. They are tied for the rookie lead in goals with 17.

Tavares was the first pick in the draft and the player to whom Duchene is most often compared. Their seasons so far have had opposite trajectories. Tavares started out fast, but has only two goals since Dec. 10.

Perhaps more of a threat at the moment is Buffalo defenseman Tyler Myers, who leads all rookies in assists (24) and is playing a key role on a division leader. People who are 6-feet-8 and also can skate are pretty rare, so Myers has that going for him.

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Duchene Drawing A Comparison To Forsberg

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The fact is, Duchene is already a very good player, and he’s only going to get better. He’s got those amazingly quick hands of a great offensive player, and you can’t get a good bead on him as a defensive player because he’s always shifting around, never staying in one place for more than a millisecond.

He’s a little bit Forsberg-esque (and I don’t make this comparison lightly) in the way he shields defenders while carrying the puck. He doesn’t have quite the brute strength of Foppa and he doesn’t hold on to the puck as long. But he is able to keep control of the puck on his stick in a way that compares favorably to Forsberg.

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Duchene Off To A Slow Start

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Twenty games into his rookie season, the highly touted Duchene is struggling, with two goals and seven assists. But that comes with a huge asterisk: his age. With a handful of exceptions, including one on his own roster, even the most gifted of Duchene’s hockey-playing contemporaries still are in major junior or NCAA hockey — dreaming of an NHL chance that might never come.

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Foote Opens His Home To Duchene

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

In his 18th NHL season, Avalanche captain Adam Foote finally brought back a gift from a road trip that really pleased his kids: Avs rookie Matt Duchene, who immediately became the household’s No. 1 scoring threat in mini-sticks hockey.

Hey, this new addition to the family is better than a puppy.

“We adopted one, eh?” said Foote, who recently acquired the prized 18-year-old draft pick to live with two sports-loving young boys whom he and his wife already had at the kitchen table.

How’s it working out so far?

Well, Foote came home after work and discovered his favorite cushy seat had been claimed by a teenager on the very first night Duchene moved in.

“He’s sitting in my spot on the couch, which I wasn’t too happy about,” Foote said with a chuckle. “But we’ll figure it out.”

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Let Duchene Stay

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Let the kid play.

That’s what I’d do if my name was Joe Sacco or Greg Sherman or Pierre Lacroix or anybody else with decision-making abilities around the Avalanche.

The kid is Matt Duchene, and he should not be allowed to go back to junior hockey this season. The betting line is that Duchene, the third pick in this year’s NHL draft and only 18, will be an Av all season.

But you never know with the Avs. They’ve often taken the cautious path with players, including the return to junior of previous first-round picks Alex Tanguay and Wojtek Wolski.

Those Avs teams were different, however, in that they weren’t relying on younger players as much. They had superstar veterans, so they could take their time.

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Duchene Signs Entry Level Contract

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed first-round draft choice Matt Duchene to a three-year, entry-level contract.

“Matt is an integral part of our future,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “He is a very skilled, two-way player with a strong work ethic and great character.  We’re excited to have him under contract and look forward to him participating in training camp this fall.”

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Islanders Beat Writer Feels Duchene Will Be Taken #1

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

I don’t think the Islanders are putting up a smokescreen. I believe their interest in Brampton center Matt Duchene is real. At the beginning of the season, I think he was considered a cut below the top two. But as the season progressed and Duchene combined with Cody Hodgson, last year’s No. 10 pick, to lead Brampton to the Ontario Hockey League finals before losing to Windsor, I sensed the stealth pick might be making a run up a lot of draft boards.

Suddenly, Duchene’s comparables became “Steve Yzerman” and “Joe Sakic.” While the critiques of Tavares focus on his one-dimensional play and less than stellar skating ability, Duchene now is portrayed as the “most complete” player in the draft….

My gut feeling is that the Islanders will pick Matt Duchene and worry about the fallout from the fans later.

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