Avalanche, Matt Duchene agree on 5-year extension


The Colorado Avalanche and center Matt Duchene agreed on a five-year contract extension Thursday.

Duchene’s deal, which runs through the 2018-19 season, is worth $30 million.

“Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “We all felt that it was important for us to secure his rights for several seasons. With his great skill, speed and character, he represents the identity we want the Avalanche to be.”

Duchene already ranks 30th on the franchise’s all-time scoring list in just four seasons, with 193 points (82G/111A) in 266 career games.

“In 2009, I was thrilled to have been selected by the Avalanche, my favorite team,” Duchene said. “I have worn this uniform with pride in my first four professional seasons in Denver, and I appreciate the organization believing in me for the long-term future.

“I have been working really hard again this summer, and I am looking forward to the upcoming training camp and season.”

Duchene, 22, was the third overall pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.  He finished last season with 43 points and led the team with 26 assists.

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