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Matt Duchene | Center | #9

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (3) / COL
Contract: view contract details

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According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Matt Duchene is the player most likely to be traded this summer.
The Avalanche tried dealing him before the trade deadline last March, but they obviously weren't satisfied with the offers they received. The 26-year-old had a tough year in 2016-17 (like the rest of the Avalanche players), as he scored just 18 goals and 41 points in 77 games. He has two years remaining on his contract at $6 million per season. As disappointing as his season was, don't be surprised if a change of scenery helps him regain some of his offensive touch. Duchene is just one year removed from his last 30-goal season. TSN's Darren Dreger says the Avalanche are looking for a defenseman in any deal involving Duchene. Also according to Dreger, the New York Islanders are a potential landing spot for the Avs forward. Jun 3 - 11:44 AM

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Matt Duchene got his first point in seven games at the World Hockey Championship on Tuesday.

He scored a breakaway goal against Finland in a 5-2 Canada victory. Duchene and the Canadians will play Germany on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Source: Denver Post
May 17 - 11:42 AM

Matt Duchene knows a trade out of Colorado could be awaiting him in the off-season.

"Yeah, absolutely," said Duchene when asked if it occurred to him that he may have just played his final game for the Avalanche. "I'm half-expecting it to be. Yeah, it's tough, it's emotional for sure, knowing it potentially could be the case. ... I definitely have a fire lit under me, big-time after this year. I was as frustrated as I've ever been in my life. With everything." He will play in the IIHF World Championships for Canada. Duchene notched just 18 goals and 41 points in 77 games for the last-place Avs in 2016-17.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 10 - 10:29 AM

Matt Duchene scored one goal and had an assist as the Avalanche beat the Blackhawks 4-3 in overtime Tuesday night.

Duchene scored his goal past the midway point of the second while the Avs trailed 3-0. He found the back of the net while skating shorthanded. That started the team's comeback as Gabriel Landeskog scored the second goal—also shorthanded—a little more than four minutes later. Duchene’s first assist came on a Mikhail Grigorenko goal to tie the game in the third and send it into overtime. His second assist of the night was on the game winner by Erik Johnson.
Apr 4 - 11:56 PM

Matt Duchene hasn't posted a point in nine consecutive games.

Duchene ended an 11-game stretch without a point when he scored a goal against Detroit on Mar. 15, but he hasn't reached the scoresheet since then. He has produced 17 goals and 37 points in 73 games during a very disappointing 2016-17 season.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 3 - 6:43 PM

Matt Duchene scored a goal at the 12:08 mark of the first to end his 11-game pointless drought.

Duchene’s problems did not start overnight. He had only one goal in his last 25 games before meeting the Wings. In that span, he provided just eight assists. By contrast, he earned 15 goals and 12 assists in his first 38 games. One thing remained consistent in success and failure: He had a minus-13 rating in his first 38 games and a minus-15 in his latest 25.
Mar 16 - 12:09 AM

Matt Duchene will play alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen on Monday.

Normally that wouldn't be noteworthy, but Duchene was demoted to the third line on Saturday. Duchene has no points and a minus-11 rating in his last 10 contests so that demotion was understandable, but it's also not surprising that it was just a temporary arrangement.
Mar 13 - 5:37 PM

Matt Duchene was demoted to Colorado's third line Saturday night against the Senators.

Well something had to give. Duchene has not registered a point in 10 games and has nine points in the Avs' last 24 contests. That's just not acceptable for a player of Duchene's caliber. He skated alongside Carl Sodeberg and Joel Colborne. Coach Jared Bednar had the following to say about Duchene: "He’s out there trying, he’s working, and we have to find a way to get him on the board. So he’s going to move around a little bit here. He played probably with three or all four lines tonight at some point and we have to find a way to get some of those guys productive." Bottom line is Duchene has been a huge disappointment.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 12 - 12:24 PM

Matt Duchene has scored one goal in his last 21 games.

He has chipped in just eight assists during that span. "It's painful," Duchene said after a 3-0 loss to St. Louis on Sunday. "There's no other way to describe it. It's not fun." He played between Sven Andrighetto and Mikko Rantanen versus the Blues.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 6 - 11:19 AM

Matt Duchene is relieved that he can focus on the rest of the season now.

"I'm glad I'm not having to check the Internet every 10 minutes to figure out what's going on," he said. "It's nice to put it behind me. There's probably a good chance something will happen this summer, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it. But, for now, it's nice to be a member of this team for the rest of the year. Yeah, it sucks where we're at, but I love all my teammates and it will be good to finish the year with them." Duchene doesn't have a point in the last five games, including Thursday's 2-1 loss to Ottawa.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 3 - 10:46 AM

Matt Duchene is still with the Avalanche after the trade deadline passed.

However, that doesn't mean that he won't be traded in the off-season if teams are more willing to meet GM Joe Sakic's asking price. "I've always said they're good hockey players, but does it mean I'm not going to try to help our team long-term?" Sakic asked. "No. I'll do anything that's going to make sense for us, that we feel is going to help us for the future." He feels more deals could come prior to the expansion draft and then there is the entry draft, so Duchene's name probably isn't safe from the rumor mill.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 2 - 11:01 AM

Matt Duchene is trying to put the trade rumors behind him as he gets ready for Tuesday night's game against Philadelphia.

"I have no control over anything. Just whatever happens, happens," he said Monday after practice. "I don't know what's coming. But we'll see. Obviously, I'm prepared for anything, but right now I'm just focusing on getting to Philly tonight and preparing for the game tomorrow." The Avalanche forward added that he will be happy once the deadline passes on Wednesday afternoon.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 28 - 11:54 AM

The New York Islanders are reportedly interested in Matt Duchene.

The report comes from TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, who says he knows the Islanders want to bring Duchene into the fold. There's no guarantee that the Avalanche will move him between now and Wednesday's trade deadline, but if they do, the reported asking price is three to four solid young assets, including a defenseman that Colorado could pencil into their lineup right away. Dreger brought up Travis Hamonic as a potential fit for the Avs.
Feb 27 - 8:55 PM

Matt Duchene scored a goal and added an assist in a 3-2 Avalanche loss on Sunday.

Duchene helped the Avs earn a point on the evening, scoring a tying goal with 42 seconds remaining in the third period before Jonathan Drouin won it in overtime. Duchene now has 16 goals and 36 points this season in 52 games.
Feb 19 - 11:48 PM

Arthur Staple of Newsday reports that the New York Islanders would love to add Matt Duchene to their lineup.

Staple wrote that the Islanders have been interested in Duchene since November. New York has a big need for a number two center behind John Tavares (most teams need a number two center) and while the price tag will be high, the Islanders may feel that it will be good for their future. The Avs want at least a top defenseman, a good young prospect and at least a first round pick. Duchene has 15 goals and 34 points this season in 51 games but look for those numbers to go up if dealt elsewhere.
Source: Newsday
Feb 19 - 8:01 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Carl Soderberg
3Mikhail Grigorenko
4John Mitchell
5J.T. Compher
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Rene Bourque
3Matthew Nieto
4Joe Colborne
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Mikko Rantanen
3Blake Comeau
4Sven Andrighetto
D1Erik Johnson
2Tyson Barrie
3Nikita Zadorov
4Patrick Wiercioch
5Mark Barberio
6Fedor Tyutin
7Cody Goloubef
G1Jeremy Smith
2Semyon Varlamov