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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
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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

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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.
Source: TSN.ca
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

Matt Duchene picked up the only assist on Mikko Rantenen's OT winning goal against Carolina on Friday.

Duchene made a nice play to steal the puck away from a Carolina player. The turnover resulted in a 2-on-1 opportunity for Colorado. Duchene was able to make a perfect pass to Rantanen who buried it to give the Avs the win and end their five-game losing streak in the process. With trade winds swirling around Duchene, the Avs forward has picked up just two assists in his last seven games. He has 15 goals and 34 points in 51 games.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 18 - 11:27 AM

Matt Duchene is trying to put the trade rumors behind him as the deadline for the 2016-17 season approaches.

"Yeah, sometimes you wonder where you're going to be tomorrow, where you're going to be next week, where you're going to be in two weeks, where you're going to be in six months," Duchene said. "That's where your head can go sometimes, but once it's gameday, I try to tune that out the best I can. I play for the Colorado Avalanche and I'm going to play as hard as I can." The price to acquire Duchene and/or Avs teammate Gabriel Landeskog will be high, but they will be interesting players to watch come March 1.
Feb 13 - 6:08 PM

Matt Duchene picked up a trio of helpers during Saturday's 5-2 win over the Jets.

That'll help his trade value. Duchene is now up to 17 assists and 32 points through 44 games this season.
Feb 4 - 7:29 PM

Matt Duchene is open to being traded by the Colorado Avalanche.

"When I say open to it, I know it’s part of the business, and it’s something that might happen," Duchene said. "I’m not hiding from it. I’m not running away. I’m not banging my head. I understand it’s part of what we deal with as pro athletes." Duchene doesn't have a no-trade clause, so he wouldn't get to veto a move anyways, but it's worth noting what his state of mind is regarding the possibility. Duchene still has two seasons with a $6 million cap hit left on his contract after 2016-17, so any team looking to take him would be getting more than a rental. It also means that Colorado doesn't need to trade him if the asking price isn't met, but the Avalanche are stuck in dead last so significant changes are expected, if not before the trade deadline then over the summer.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 26 - 3:12 PM

Matt Duchene will be back in the lineup Wednesday after missing Monday's game due to an illness.

"It hit me that day," he said referring to Saturday. "I was able to play that game, but I just felt worse and worse. I thought it would change, but it was bad. Thankfully, this morning, I'm feeling much better. It was the better part of four days for me feeling terrible." Duchene had been playing better prior to getting sick with two goals and two assists over a three-game span.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 25 - 3:48 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
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
4Francois Beauchemin
5Patrick Wiercioch
6Mark Barberio
7Fedor Tyutin
8Cody Goloubef
9Anton Lindholm
G1Calvin Pickard
2Jeremy Smith
3Semyon Varlamov