The Colorado Avalanche today announced the re-signing of forward Matt Duchene to a five-year contract. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

Avalanche re-sign Matt Duchene to a 6-year deal.

Avalanche re-sign Matt Duchene to a 6-year deal.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was rumored the Avs would be offering Duchene $6 million per season, so it’ll be interesting to find out how much he actually gets. He has one season remaining on his current contract worth $3.5 million. His new deal won’t go into effect until 2014-15.

Duchene, 22, had a bounce-back performance last season, overcoming a miserable 28-point season in 2011-12 with 43 points in 47 games in 2013, one of the few highlights in an otherwise miserable season for the Avalanche. His career-best performance (so far) was his sophomore season, netting 67 points in 2010-11.

He’s earned a reputation as a skilled, swift forward who can play both center and on the wing with equal intensity.  This signing squashes rumors the Avalanche could shop him to make room for recently-drafted Nathan MacKinnon and to add a top-two defenseman. Having regained his form last season, some consider Duchene the future captain of the Avs. They obviously see him as a key part of their rebuilding program.

**UPDATE** Duchene’s contract is for $30 million, or a cap hit of $6 million per season.

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9 Responses to Avalanche Re-sign Matt Duchene.

  1. Jason says:

    How could he be the future captain, when they already have one thats like 20?

  2. Alex says:

    That still leaves a logjam at C with Duchene, Stastny, MacKinnon, and O’Reilly. Maybe MacKinnon starts out as a winger until Stastny either gets traded or moves on next summer?

    • Peterman says:

      Per Patrick Roy, here are the lines to start the season:

      O’Reilly – Duchene – Parenteau
      Landeskog – Stastny – Tanguay
      McGinn – MacKinnon – Downie

      • Peterman says:

        Although, here’s how I think Roy will use his lines:

        Offense A
        O’Reilly – Duchene – Parenteau
        Offense B
        McGinn – MacKinnon – Downie

        Defense A
        Landeskog – Stastny – Tanguay
        Defense B
        Bordeleau – Mitchell – McLeod

  3. Tristan says:

    I think MacKinnon will start out on the right side. I feel thats the reason they let Hejduk walk and brought in Tanguay, they still wanted a veteran precence but they didnt want anyone to play out of position. Duchene centering Tanguay and MacKinnon and keeping O’riley centering Landeskog and Downie as that line was fantastic together. That leaves Stastney centering McGinn and Parenteau.

  4. Petri Skriko says:

    I think both Stastny AND O’Reilly will be gone at some point next season. I think Stastny gets traded at the deadline for picks and a good d prospect (and no doubt SOME team will overpay to get him as teams seem to do at the deadline) & O’Reilly gets sent somewhere for a blue chip d prospect or an established SOLID dman the second he’s eligible to be traded (don’t remember the date of the offer sheet being matched). IMO I see it being even less likely that O’Reilly will be there than anyone else. He’s a 3rd line centre getting paid like a really good #2 centre. For that to make sense he needs to move to a team that needs a #1 or #2 centre because Duchene and MacKinnon will be the #1 and #2 on the Avs (not necessarily in that order) for years to come.

  5. Mark1 says:

    The Isles still got the better player in Taveras for cheaper at 5.5Mil per season for 6 years. ;)

    • Peterman says:

      Tavares is entering the third year of that deal. In those first two years, Duchene got paid only 3.5M compared to 5.5M.

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