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Matt Duchene Finally Lands In Nashville

Duchene was introduced in Nashville today...

from Robby Stanley at NHL.com,

Matt Duchene got a present during his first visit to Nashville since signing a seven-year, $56 million contract with the Nashville Predators on July 1.

In addition to his No. 95 Predators jersey, the forward received a custom-made Predators-themed guitar from Nashville mayor David Briley at Ford Ice Center.

"It's kind of surreal," Duchene said. "We talked for years of, 'If we end up in Nashville,' or that kind of thing over and over. Now we have and it's like all those things that we were talking about or dreaming and fantasizing about, we actually get to do now. It's really cool for us. We're trying to put some roots down here. It's a place that we've always thought would be a great place to raise a family. We're very excited for that prospect. We'll take care of all of that stuff so when the season comes around it's game on and all about the hockey."

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Welcome To Nashville Matt Duchene

Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2019) - Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM David Poile announced Monday that the team has signed forward Matt Duchene to a seven-year, $56 million contract through the 2025-26 season.

"Our objective this offseason was to bolster our offense, and signing Matt Duchene gives us another dynamic goal-scoring, playmaking center," Poile said. "We are excited to add his skill and experience to our top-six forwards and look forward to the next seven years of Matt and his family in Smashville. Matt's love of country music and passion for the city of Nashville make this partnership a perfect fit."

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Video- Matt Duchene Experiencing The Stanley Cup Playoffs

from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

For Matt Duchene, nearly every spring was like Groundhog Day at his cottage in Haliburton, Ont.

He had more than 700 NHL regular season games under his belt, but just eight Stanley Cup playoff contests over 10 seasons. He never even sniffed the second round before arriving in Columbus.

Most years, Duchene would tune out the playoffs on TV, avoid hockey and focus on fishing. Last year, he changed it up.

“I had a lot of years I didn’t watch anything, but I watched every single playoff game last year. Every. Single. Game,” Duchene said. “I wanted to get as much of a taste for it as I could without being there.”

The only constant was the Stanley Cup clincher. No matter what, Duchene said, he would tune in on the night a team had a chance to hoist the Cup.

“I wanted to see the celebration,” Duchene said. “I wanted to see it front to back.”

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Below, watch a feature Christine Simpson did on Duchene last night.

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The Best Ever Trade If Matt Duchene Returns To Ottawa

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Around noon on Friday – just after the Senators made the first of what’s certain to be at least three large trades prior to the deadline – former NHLer Marc Savard posted an interesting Tweet.

“(Matt) Duchene to Columbus, I called it last night,” wrote Savard, now a broadcaster working Maple Leafs games on the FAN590 in Toronto. “But watch for him to re-sign in Ottawa in the off-season.”...

When was the last time a UFA to-be was moved at the deadline so he could compete for a Stanley Cup, then moved himself back to the same team that had traded him? It’s probably happened, but Duchene was only with the Senators for 15 months. It’s not like he had a lot of time to develop a strong love of the nation’s capital. And now, with his choice of signing almost anywhere he wants come July, he’s going to pick the Senators? A team that has all but warned everyone its going to be near the bottom of the NHL standings for at least the next two years? A team that has all the off-ice problems this one does?...

Tell ya what … if Duchene’s grand plan is indeed to return to the Senators, then Pierre Dorion has just made the best trade in franchise history.

Scratch that .. one of the best trades in any franchise’s history.

Because that means he was able to get prospects Vitaly Abramov and Jonathan Davidsson, plus the Blue Jackets (lottery protected) first round pick next spring …. for Juluis Bergman, a former second round pick who was most recently a Belleville Senators healthy scratch.

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Matt Duchene Traded From The Ottawa Senators To The Columbus Blue Jackets

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What Will The Ottawa Senators Do With Mark Stone And Matt Duchene?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Pttawa Sun,

The top priority for the Senators is to keep Stone in the fold, and it’s believed both sides are optimistic that will be the case. The 26-year-old agreed to a one-year, $7.35 million contract last August to avoid arbitration and the talks have been centred around an eight-year agreement upwards of $8 million per season.

The Senators and Stone weren’t really that far apart on a contract when they agreed to avoid arbitration. The sense then was that when the two sides sat down in January they would be able to bridge the gap between them. Stone has performed up to expectations and has done a good job leading the way for the young players.

Of course, this leads us to Duchene. You can’t question his commitment to the decision by the organization to go young and he’s done his part with this group. But he came to Ottawa because he wanted to be part of a contender and nobody could have predicted that, three months after the deal in November 2017, the organization would rebuild.

The Senators have been forthcoming with Duchene — and Stone, for that matter — about the plan. The Senators want their top two forwards to be the centre pieces for this rebuild and then they hope to get the right young players around them so this team gets back to being a contender.

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Injury Issues For The Ottawa Senators

 

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Time To Move Matt Duchene And Chris Wideman

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

As a pending unrestricted free agent, he was always going to be traded sometime this season. But after a video surfaced of Duchene and several Ottawa players trashing their assistant coach during an infamous Uber ride, the Senators can no longer wait until the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

Duchene, who was traded to Ottawa at this time last season, needs to go. The same applies to Chris Wideman, who is also in the final year of his contract and was one of the more vocal players in the Uber.

Yes, it’s normal for a group of players to badmouth the coaching staff when they think no one is actually listening. It happens. And it’s healthy. But the difference here is that this was made public. Everyone saw it.

The most troubling aspect of the video had nothing to do with what Duchene or Wideman said. It was that second-year defenceman Thomas Chabot was sitting in the middle listening to all of it and chiming in with his own comments.

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Video- Welcome Back Matt Duchene, You’re Welcome Colorado

That was quick.

 

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Boo Matt Duchene

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

If you love Matt Duchene, you will boo him when his skates touch the ice in Denver.

While wearing an Avalanche sweater from 2009-17, Duchene scored 178 goals and lost 348 regular-season games (not that we’re counting). The prodigal whiner returns Friday to the Pepsi Center for the first time since last November, when Dutchy got his wish and was traded to Ottawa.

“I’m sure some of our fans love him, some of them don’t,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said Thursday.

Duchene wanted out of Denver, baby. He broke up with us, remember?

And everybody in an Avalanche sweater is better off for it.

“I can’t speak for him. But for the guys in this dressing room, this team and this organization, I think we’ve taken some steps ahead,” Colorado captain Gabe Landeskog said.

If Avalanche fans miss Dutchy, they will boo him.

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Afternoon Line- Matt Duchene

 

 

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Morning Line- Terry Frei On Matt Duchene

Remember, this was the player who said on the day Colorado drafted him: “I keep looking down at the logo and going, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I used to draw their logo every day in school. I’m just so happy. Every kid dreams of playing for his boyhood team. It’s crazy. They have not had a top pick in many years, and the one year I’m available and rated up there, they have it. It’s kind of fate, I guess.”

Two weeks after Duchene was drafted, he attended the Avalanche development camp and then went to the Inverness Hotel to attend Sakic’s retirement news conference. Duchene never got to play with one of his idols, and the relationship would evolve to player and GM.

The storybook had a sour ending.

-Terry Frei of Mile High Sports where you can read much more on the Duchene trade.

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Matt Duchene Traded

 

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A Proposed Three Way Trade Involving Matt Duchene And Kyle Turris Has Failed To Happen

via Darren Dreger tweets,

It's believed Ott/Col/Nash were in discussions on 3 way trade involving Matt Duchene going to Sens. Talks have ended. No deal.

Sources say Senators GM has been pursuing Duchene since mid-September and discussions heated up in last couple of weeks.

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators made another push to get Matt Duchene as recently as Friday but the deal fell through.

League sources confirmed Saturday the Senators attempted to work a three-way deal with the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche in attempt to acquire Duchene but in the end the deal trade fell apart because not everybody involved was satisfied.

Under this scenario, it’s not known exactly what the Avalanche would have gotten in return from the Senators, but it’s believed the deal would have sent centre Kyle Turris, who is set to become a unrestricted free agent, to the Predators while the Senators would have landed Duchene who they’ve coveted for nearly two years.

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Afternoon Line- Adrian Dater On Matt Duchene

Here’s what I think will happen: I think if the Avs continue to muddle along with a mediocre record, Duchene will be traded somewhat soon. I would bet by Christmas. If they have a good record, a playoff record, then I think you’ll see them wait closer to the trade deadline and thereby get the most of his playing talent until then. Either way, I think Duchene is gone by the deadline at the latest.

-Adrian Dater of BSN Denver on Matt Duchene.  More from Dater on Duchene and other Avalanche topics...

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Video/Audio- Glenn Healy On Matt Duchene

via Sportsnet YouTube page,

NHL insider Glenn Healy believes if Matt Duchene had the mic right now, he'd say sit me and trade me, just like former Avalanche player Peter Forsberg said.

 

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Teams Still Showing Interest In Matt Duchene

from TSN,

Matt Duchene's next destination remains a mystery as he spends training camp with the Colorado Avalanche awaiting a trade.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, as many as eight teams have contacted Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic about Duchene, but no deal appears to be close.

Dreger adds that none of the teams who have reached out feel confident they will acquire the centre, who has been on the trade market since February.

The Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings, Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets are all believed to have reached out over the past few days, according to Dreger.

Duchene was asked on Monday if he would stay with the Avalanche if the team did not trade him before the start of the season and he was non-committal in his answer.

“I’m not looking that far (ahead),” Duchene told the Denver Post. “I’m taking one day at a time.”

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The Ottawa Senators Have Interest In Matt Duchene

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene.

Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to wait for a trade.

But that doesn’t mean anybody in Ottawa should go out and purchase a jersey with his name on the back. At this point, it’s believed the two sides aren’t close to a deal.

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Video- One Day At A Time For Matt Duchene

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Trade Matt Duchene Now

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Duchene is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound manifestation of the most dysfunctional team in Denver sports. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic made this mess.

But know what’s really messed up? The same as with many things related to operating a successful franchise, Sakic seems to have zero clue what to do about the festering Duchene situation.

Isn’t it obvious? Duchene must go. The relationship between Matty Ice and the Avs is so frosty it could send shivers down the spine of a whole army of White Walkers from “Game of Thrones.”

Truth be known, Duchene should have been gone in February, when the NHL trade deadline passed with him in a Colorado uniform. It’s no secret he expected to be dealt for desperately needed help on the blue line during the summer.

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Video- Matt Duchene On Being In Camp

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Will Mat Duchene Show Up For Colorado’s Training Camp?

from Adrian Dater of BSNDenver,

The 2,000-pound elephant in the room in all things Avs these days is the ongoing drama involving Duchene, who has yet to skate with any teammates this summer in Denver and whose agent, Pat Brisson, has been noncommittal about whether his client will report to training camp if he isn’t traded first.

“He’s under contract and I expect him to be here on the 14th,” Sakic told BSN Denver. “He doesn’t have to be here ’til the 14th. Not everybody always come to camp early. It’s not for me to (say), but I assume on the 14th, he’ll be here.”

And, what if he doesn’t?

“Well, I don’t have to worry about that right now,” Sakic said. “Training camp is Thursday. There’s nothing to think about right now. Training camp isn’t until the 14th and we expect everyone that’s signed to be there, like every other year.”

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Many Of The Avs Skated Today, But Not Matt Duchene

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Approximately 22 Avalanche players began their pre-training camp captain’s practices Tuesday but center Matt Duchene, who has been on the trade block throughout the summer, was among the few not in attendance.

Duchene, who attended a wedding in Vail on Saturday, was absent, along with center Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Nikita Zadorov, the latter of whom is unsigned as a restricted free agent. Duchene and MacKinnon were alternate captains last season, when Colorado finished with a league-low 48 points.

Avs general manager Joe Sakic, who has confirmed he is taking offers for Duchene, recently signed college free-agent centers Dominic Toninato and Alex Kerfoot to bolster the position.

“I talked a little bit with Dutchy. He’s not here; that’s not a secret,” Avs left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog said after leading the 90-minute practice. “But we’ll have to wait and see. As of right now, he’s a part of the Avalanche organization and we all expect him to be here when training camp starts. I don’t really know what else to tell you right now.”

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic On Matt Duchene

“I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts. But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.”

-Joe Sakic on Matt Duchene.  More on the Avs from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

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Matt Duchene On The Trade Rumors

from TSN,

Despite an off-season filled with rumours around his name, Matt Duchene remains a member of the Colorado Avalanche and is trying to focus on only the things he can control.

Duchene attended Connor McDavid’s Power Edge Pro Camp in Toronto on Tuesday and was asked whether it’s been an anxious summer for him with his name on the trade block.

“Yes and no,” Duchene said. “I think right now I’m pretty relaxed, I know whatever’s going to happen is gonna happen. I don’t really have control of it and I’m just worried about being at the top of my game and kind of getting to where I was kind of the first half of last season, before everything kind of fell apart everybody in Colorado. I feel good right now, probably as good as I felt at any point during the year.

“It is what it is and let it happen. “

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Video- Good Landing Spots For Matt Duchene

Elliotte Friedman was on Prime Time Sports to discuss Matt Duchene, saying the Islanders or Penguins would be a fit for him.

 

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Morning Line- Matt Duchene

“This is probably the worst (slump) I’ve ever been through. it’s been pretty crazy just in terms of how bad it’s gone. Sometimes you can’t really read too much into it and just realize it’s part of the game.”

“Usually, the more I play, the better I feel and the more into the game I get. But at the end of the day, you’ve got to do the best with what you have.”

-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.  Duchene has 1 goal and 8 assists in his last 25 games.  Matt Layman at the Denver Post has more.

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Matt Duchene Would Be A Nice Fit In Ottawa

from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,

--- it makes sense for general manager Pierre Dorion to take a hard look at trading for Duchene before the March 1 trade deadline.

The 26-year-old centre/left winger is heading into his peak hockey years with two more seasons remaining on his current contract. Duchene will make $6 million next season and $6.5 million in 2018-19, with a salary-cap hit of $6 million. He has topped 20 goals and 55 points in his past three seasons and is on target to hit the 25 and 50 marks this time around.

Of course, securing Duchene won’t be easy. The Colorado Avalanche would likely want a piece of the Senators current blue line and a healthy piece of their future. And even a bit more. Prospects Thomas Chabot and Colin White, fresh from their world junior tournament success, will certainly enter into the discussions.

The situation is complicated by the fact the Senators are without second-round draft picks in the next two years, having dealt those away to Toronto and the New York Rangers. There are also Las Vegas expansion draft considerations: bringing in an additional player would mean exposing another player off the current roster.

Now, let’s look at the glass-is-three-quarters full side of the equation.

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Afternoon Line- Matt Duchene

On trade rumours:

"We're a team that has not been where we want to be the last couple years," he said. "Hopefully we get it back together this year, but if things don't go that way I'm sure they'll be looking to make some big changes.

"All I can do is just prepare myself to help the best I can, first of all, Team Canada win the World Cup and after that the same applies for Colorado."

-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche via Scott Lewis of Sportsnet.

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Videos- Patrick Roy Not Happy With Matt Duchene’s Goal Celebration

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

For the second consecutive year, the Avalanche officially has regressed and the relationship between leading scorer Matt Duchene and his coach appears to have soured.

Colorado will not reach 90 points, the amount it finished with last season — after a magnificent 112-point campaign of 2013-14 in coach Patrick Roy's rookie season — and Roy called out Duchene after Sunday's disheartening 5-1 loss to the playoff-bound St. Louis Blues that dropped the Avs to 17-19-4 at the Pepsi Center.

In a 4-0 game with 4:14 remaining, Duchene broke the shutout with his 30th goal, the first time he has reached that milestone. The Avs, who have lost five of their last six games, can reach a maximum of only 88 points.

"The reaction of Dutchy after he scores — it's a 4-0 (game). Big cheer. Are you kidding me," Roy said. "What is that? It's not the 'reflect' that we want from our guys. Not at all."

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Two Key Players Will Miss The Next Two Games For The Colorado Avalanche

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Matt Duchene On The Trade Rumors

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

"I can honestly say it probably bothered me for about 12 hours," Duchene said of hearing his name mentioned as a player that could be on the block. "And then it was over.

"It was because of the way I found out," he continued. "We won in Boston, and my first interview, first question the guy asked me was about trade rumours. I hadn't heard anything about it. So it was kind of sprung on me weird, and it took me a second ... it took me a little bit to digest it."

Duchene knows trades are "part of the game," but Wednesday morning, he was able to express just how much he wants to remain in Colorado.

"Obviously I love playing here," he said, "and I want to be here as long as possible, as long as we're able to put a winning team on the ice.

"I'm happy here. I want to be here. I want to be an Av. I feel like those two things are in place right now, so when that happened, probably right away it was tough, but after that it was motivation, if anything. I think my game was there before, but I was able to keep it there after, which was a good thing."

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About Those Matt Duchene Trade Rumors

from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,

I think Duchene — who has scored five goals in his last six games and is tied with Jarome Iginla for a team-high seven — is one of the last players Colorado would trade right now. Did he have a disappointing first 10 games? Absolutely. Did Sakic talk to the Senators about a possible trade during that time? Perhaps. As I have often said, the Avs go as Duchene goes. He’s the spark plug. He’s a key piece to the offense … and the Avs love his character and commitment. He’s accountable. And make no mistake, Sakic and his staff truly appreciate the team player.

Following his entry-level contract, he accepted his modest two-year bridge deal with pride and earned his five-year, $30 million deal through 2018-19. Nobody is harder on Duchene than Duchene. Sakic sees it. And lately, Duchene has been his star player. I absolutely think Duchene — who is 24 and at the prime of his career — will continue to grow with the handful of young stars around him in Colorado.

Where did the rumor come from?

Former Denver Post hockey writer Adrian Dater wrote this piece the other day while talking to Sakic in Boston. Adrian is from the New England area and visiting family and friends.

Apparently, Adrian’s story led to this story from TSN’s Darren Dreger, as a follow-up to his “Insider Trading” segment with Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun. Dreger, McKenzie and LeBrun don’t often miss, if ever, but I have a strong feeling that if there was a genuine conversation between the Avs and Sens about Duchene, it was last month when 9 couldn’t find the net and the team was in turmoil. Right now I believe the Avs have renewed faith in their original plan to build the team around Duchene.

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The Flyers could use a player like Duchene but...

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

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Dreger addresses Matt Duchene trade rumors

From TSN's Darren Dreger:

Thursday's Insider Trading segment created a buzz around the NHL with news the Colorado Avalanche is considering trading Matt Duchene.

Credit to long-time Avs beat writer, Adrian Dater for putting us on this trail. As we reported, there has been conversation between Ottawa and Colorado, and some believe that as long as the Avalanche are willing to keep Duchene in trade conversations, the Sens - as well as other teams - will continue to listen and investigate the possibilities.

Duchene displayed his talent on Thursday night, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Boston.

It seems unlikely Avs general manager Joe Sakic will move Duchene. Sakic might be using Duchene’s name as fodder in trade discussions that could lead to an entirely different move involving different players.

The reality is, Colorado is feeling the pain of past decisions to trade Ryan O'Reilly rather than sign him, and allowing Paul Stastny to get scooped by the St Louis Blues as a free agent.  The Avs may have been able to manage without one of the two players, but not having either has taken a toll.

There doesn't appear to be a sense of desperation in Colorado, but there has been an ample amount of frustration which may have prompted Sakic to start making calls. Ottawa is equally frustrated from the top down, so the two teams potentially doing business makes a lot of sense.

Continued with talk about the All-Star Game's format, the Boston Bruins' goaltending and World Cup coaching decisions.

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Will Matt Duchene Be Traded?

Dan Rosen of NHL.come answers questions from the fans...

Do you think the Colorado Avalanche deal Matt Duchene this spring?

When it comes to trade speculation I've learned to say anything is possible, nothing will shock me, and there is no way to predict what will happen. All that said, I just don't see why the Avalanche would trade Duchene this spring after trading Ryan O'Reilly during the offseason and letting Paul Stastny sign with the St. Louis Blues after the 2013-14 season. It would take a roster that was rich with talent down the middle and sap it of its depth. That doesn't make sense at all. Center, especially in the Western Conference, is a vital position; Duchene is a legitimate first- or second-line center.

If the larger point here is the Avalanche have to do something to change things up, yes, I agree. They need to address their defense and, frankly, the way they play. They are far too individualistic and that clearly doesn't work. But it doesn't make sense to trade Duchene, who should be a big part of the solution and isn't necessarily part of the problem.

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Praising Nathan MacKinnon as the ‘Avalanche’s most important player’

ESPN's Katie Strang suggests that Nathan MacKinnon is the Colorado Avalanche's "Most Important Player":

The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, though he was sidelined for significant time with a foot injury and played only 64 games for the Avs, finishing with 14 goals and 28 points. Part of that dip in production was indicative of the team’s struggles as a whole, as the Avs regressed and missed the playoffs. And let’s not forget that MacKinnon was plagued by an unsightly 6.33 percent shooting percentage, which seems like a fluke more than anything. The good news is he was still creating chances, finishing fifth overall in shots per 60 minutes (11.01) among those who played more than 200 minutes, according to hockeyanalysis.com.

With Mackinnon set to enter training camp healthy, his production will be essential this season, especially given the departure of two-way center Ryan O'Reilly. Though MacKinnon has played primarily on the wing since joining the Avs, center is his natural position, so he could provide flexibility for Colorado depending on how things shake out with the rest of their lineup.

Matt Duchene figures to slot in as the No. 1 center, with the Avs hopeful that newcomers Carl Soderberg and Mikhail Grigorenko can fill important roles down the middle as well. The Avs already know they can count on last season’s leading scorer, veteran winger Jarome Iginla, for production (he had 29 goals and 59 points) and for Gabriel Landeskog to be a key contributor.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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