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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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It sounds like Matt Duchene might still want to be traded even though the Colorado Avalanche have gotten off to a strong start this season.
Duchene wanted to be dealt over the summer, but that didn't happen. Consequently he's continued to play for the Avalanche and has done well despite the awkward situation with three goals and six points in seven contests. At the same time, the Avalanche have posted a solid 4-3-0 record, which might make some wonder if both sides should just put the past behind them. However, Elliotte Friedman believes that Duchene is seeking a fresh start regardless of Colorado's improved performance. Oct 18 - 5:34 PM

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Matt Duchene scored his third of the season as the Colorado Avalanche lost 3-1 to the Dallas Stars.

Duchene broke Ben Bishop's bid for a shutout with a nice top corner wrist shot in the third period. While the forward's future in Colorado is uncertain, his play has been nothing short of consistent. He now has six points in six games and has certainly helped his value on the trade market should General Manager Joe Sakic decide to go that route.
Oct 14 - 10:55 PM

Matt Duchene potted his second goal of the season while adding an assist and a plus-1 rating in Wednesday's 6-3 victory against the Bruins.

Duchene might be unhappy with his situation in Denver, but his play on the ice hasn't been indicative of a bad attitude. He has played well, posting two goals with five points and a plus-3 rating through four games. So far the only thing Duchene has done on his time on the ice is help the Avalanche by building up his trade value.
Oct 12 - 1:20 AM

Matt Duchene didn't take Peter Forsberg's comments personally.

Forsberg told Expression reporter Robin Lindgren in a translated interview that Colorado should "bench and trade" Duchene. He also said he wouldn't want to be on the ice with someone who doesn't want to be there. "I saw it," Duchene said. "I don't think it was meant to be anything personal. He and I have a great relationship. So I'm not taking it personally. I think he's just commenting on the situation. A lot can get lost in translation." Coach Jared Bednar also came to Duchene's defense and stated that they are all making the best out of the situation. Additionally, he praised Duchene for his play so far this season.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 10 - 6:12 PM

Former Avalanche great Peter Forsberg thinks Colorado should bench and trade disgruntled center Matt Duchene.

Forsberg made the comments during a Swedish broadcast of the Avalanche-New Jersey Devils game on Saturday. "Doubtful that he should be allowed to play (with Colorado)," Forsberg told Expression reporter Robin Lindgren. "Put him in the stands. If I were playing with a player that I know doesn't even want to be in the team, it's not like he is going to throw himself on the ice and block shots with his head. It is mostly difficult to have a player like that in the team, although he is skillful and is doing his best. I would rather play with someone that wants to be there. I would put him on the bench and trade him." Duchene has one goal and one assist in two games for Colorado this season. He only logged 13:58 of ice time in the first contest, but he was up to 17:33 versus the Devils.
Source: Denver Post
Oct 8 - 2:27 PM

Matt Duchene scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 4-2 win over the New York Rangers.

Well that's one way to increase your trade value. Duchene is obviously still not happy that he hasn't been traded by Colorado, but at least he's showing that he'll do what he has to until he gets moved. The Avalanche will have to trade him at some point, but he should net them a pretty good return. Duchene finished the game with a plus-3 rating and one shot on goal in 13:58 of ice time. He's worth owning in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 5 - 10:40 PM

Despite all the trade talk, the Colorado Avalanche are entering the season with Matt Duchene.

Assuming there are no last minute moves, Duchene will be in the Avalanche's lineup for the season opener on Thursday. His projected linemates are Nail Yakupov and Alexander Kerfoot. Duchene left plenty to be desired last season, which might be part of the reason why the Avalanche were unable to move him over the summer. A strong start from Duchene might end up being what it takes to get the kind of value the Avalanche are hoping for in a trade.
Oct 5 - 12:11 PM

Matt Duchene netted a goal in his preseason debut on Thursday night.

Duchene also finished with six shots in 18:38 of ice time in a 5-1 win over Dallas. He was sporing an "A" on his jersey as alternate captain in the contest. The disgruntled forward declined to answer questions after the morning skate. Colorado has to work to repair this relationship or trade Duchene, so that this situation isn't a distraction going into the regular season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 22 - 9:13 AM

Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion has reportedly been aggressive in pursuit of Colorado's Matt Duchene, according to sources.

However, it's believed the two sides aren't close to a deal. The Montreal Canadiens, Carolina Hurricanes and Nashville Predators have also been mentioned as possible destinations for Duchene in the past. He has been on the trade block for most of 2017, but he is begrudgingly attending training camp with the Avalanche.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Sep 19 - 4:08 PM

Matt Duchene got back to speaking with the media on Monday.

"I'm not going to predict the future on my longevity here," Duchene said. "I'm day by day. I'm just enjoying playing hockey. A lot got blown out of proportion. I said what I wanted to say then. Nothing's changed since Thursday. I'm here to get better, I'm here for those reasons — that I said on Thursday." Duchene's last public statement was Thursday when players reported for training camp and he spoke for just 19 seconds. He has been working hard on the ice, but it certainly seems like he is still waiting to be traded.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 6:36 PM

Disgruntled Avalanche forward Matt Duchene skated on Friday.

"I thought he went to work today. I thought he was great," coach Jared Bednar said. "That whole line, Kerfoot, Yakupov and him, they scored some nice goals, had some chemistry. It was good to watch. Obviously, three talented offensive guys. I thought that was a real good line in the second group. It's good to see that." Unfortunately, Duchene did not speak to the media after the session and still appears to be unhappy with the organization for having him on the trade block for so long.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 15 - 5:06 PM

Matt Duchene reported to training camp Thursday morning, but he didn't appear to be satisfied that he was still a member of the Avalanche.

Many wondered if Duchene would report after he was the only player under contract to skip the captains skates and golf tournament. "Guys, to start, I'm not taking any questions right now. I'm here to honor my contract, I'm here for respect of the fans, and I'm here for my teammates," he said. "I had a great summer training and I'm in good physical condition, so thanks so much I'll see you in the next couple days, OK?" Duchene has been on the trading block for most of 2017 and it seems like he would prefer a change of scenery, but for now he is taking care of his obligations.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 14 - 3:15 PM

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic expects Matt Duchene to show up for training camp.

Duchene is under contract to the Avalanche, but the forward isn't happy that Sakic didn't trade him during the off-season. "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." This situation could get ugly if Duchene decides not to show up for camp. It would also put the Avs in an uncomfortable position, as they wouldn't be negotiating potential trades from a position of strength.
Sep 10 - 10:26 PM

The Colorado Avalanche will continue listening to offers for Matt Duchene.

"I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts," GM Joe Sakic said. "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." It's pretty surprising that the Avalanche haven't dealt him away yet. With every day that goes by, it seems increasingly likely that Duchene will head to Colorado's training camp next month.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 18 - 8:50 AM

Matt Duchene is focused on training for the upcoming season and he's trying to put the trade rumors behind him.

Colorado hasn't made trading for Duchene easy, as the asking price is believed to be high. "I think right now I'm pretty relaxed," said Duchene. "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." Duchene struggled in 2016-17 with 18 goals and 41 points in 77 games. He has two years left on his contract at a $6 million cap hit per season.
Aug 2 - 2:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Tyson Jost
3J.T. Compher
4Alexander Kerfoot
5Carl Soderberg
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Sven Andrighetto
3Colin Wilson
4Matt Nieto
5Gabriel Bourque
6A.J. Greer
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Mikko Rantanen
3Nail Yakupov
4Blake Comeau
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Nikita Zadorov
4Mark Barberio
5Patrik Nemeth
6Chris Bigras
7Anton Lindholm
8Sergei Boikov
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Jonathan Bernier