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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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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. Aug 18 - 8:50 AM
Source: Denver Post

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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

The Carolina Hurricanes might not be willing to pay the price necessary to acquire Matt Duchene.

"When I get on the phone with GMs around the league, they’re asking for a top young defenseman," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "They’re very hard to get and very hard to find. We have them, and we’re not going to give them up, especially for a player who has two years left and then he can walk away." Duchene can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. Columbus has been cited as a possible destination for Duchene, but Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen also expressed caution when it came to making trades this summer. It could just be posturing though, so we'll have to see how events unfold in the trade market as the summer progresses.
Jul 4 - 4:19 AM

Although Columbus has been frequently cited as a possible trading partner for Matt Duchene, Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen suggested that he would be cautious on the trade front.

"We have until the (trade) deadline next spring," Kekalainen said. "We’re always trying to improve our team, but we’ve always said we’re not going to go crazy and mortgage the future to try and get a short-term fix. We feel like our window is just starting to crack open. We’re a young team. We don’t see any reason to try and go crazy. We don’t want to be kicking ourselves two or three years from now." In addition to Columbus, Boston might also make a run for Duchene. Colorado controls Duchene through the 2018-19 campaign, so it's not imperative for him to be moved this summer, but the Avalanche could use some major changes after the disastrous 2016-17 campaign they endured.
Jul 3 - 4:31 AM

In addition to the Blue Jackets, the Bruins may be in the hunt for Matt Duchene.

If in fact young and promising defenseman Barndon Carlo is in play, the Bruins may have re-inserted themselves into the Duchene sweepstakes. For now, the Blue Jackets remain the favorites to acquire Duchene in a deal but that could change if the Bruins want to get serious.
Jul 2 - 11:24 AM

Rumors continue to be heard that the Columbus Blue Jackets are interested in trading for Matt Duchene.

The other team that was supposedly interested in Duchene's services was Nashville but the signing of Nick Bonino and the need to get Ryan Johansen signed could have taken them out of the running. The Blue Jackets would likely need to give up Ryan Murray who was drafted second overall in 2012 and a forward off the roster, plus one other asset to get Duchene. Duchene had a tough year with only 18 goals and 41 points but there was a lot of rumors swirling around trading Duchene out of Denver and it had to have taken its toll on the youngster.
Jul 2 - 8:08 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets might be in the running to acquire Matt Duchene.

Columbus would reportedly trade Ryan Murray and another asset to Colorado in order to get Duchene. The Blue Jackets have already added Artemi Panarin via a trade with Chicago and to gain Duchene on top of that would give them a pretty impressive first line. Nashville is also being cited as a possible destination for Duchene.
Jun 30 - 2:20 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Matt Duchene
2Tyson Jost
3J.T. Compher
4Carl Soderberg
5J.C. Beaudin
6Rocco Grimaldi
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Sven Andrighetto
3Colin Wilson
4Matt Nieto
5Gabriel Bourque
6A.J. Greer
7Rene Bourque
RW1Nathan MacKinnon
2Mikko Rantanen
3Blake Comeau
4Nail Yakupov
5Joe Colborne
D1Erik Johnson
2Tyson Barrie
3Nikita Zadorov
4Mark Barberio
5Anton Lindholm
6Andrei Mironov
7Chris Bigras
8Nicolas Meloche
9Duncan Siemens
G1Semyon Varlamov
2Jonathan Bernier