TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Colorado Avalanche have re-signed center Matt Duchene to a two-year contract extension worth an average cap hit of $3.5 million, paying him $3.25 million next season and $3.75 million in 2013-14. Duchene was slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Affordable re-signing by the Avalanche, though curious it’s only for two years. Perhaps his injury woes this season factored into the length of the deal for a player some observers considered a future captain of the Avs.