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June 23, 2012 | 8:50am ET
Duchene signs two-year, $7M deal
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Colorado Avalanche has signed center Matt Duchene to a two-year, $7 million contract.

"Matt is an important part of our team," said Avalanche GM Greg Sherman. "We are excited to come to terms with him and we look forward to seeing him at camp."

Colorado's first-round pick (third overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Duchene has recorded 150 points (65 goals, 85 assists) in 219 games during his three seasons with the Avalanche. The Haliburton, Ontario native was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2009-10. He followed that up by becoming the youngest player in franchise history (20 years, 84 days) to lead the team in scoring with 67 points in 80 games during the 2010-11 season.

Duchene, 21, was selected to his first NHL All-Star Game in 2010-11 and became the youngest player in franchise history to reach 100 career points, doing so at the age of 20 years, 10 days on Jan. 26, 2011.

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