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July 18, 2013 | 12:45pm ET
Duchene signs five-year extension
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Colorado Avalanche has signed forward Matt Duchene to a five-year, $30 million contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

Duchene, 22, has one-year remaining on his current contract.

"Matt already is and will be a big part of our team's nucleus for the long term," said Avalanche Executive VP 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."

After only four seasons with Colorado, Duchene already ranks 30th on the franchise's all-time scoring list with 193 points (82 goals and 111 assists) in 266 career games.

He has finished in the top three in scoring on the Avalanche in three of his four seasons.

"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."

Colorado’s first-round selection (third overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Duchene was a Calder Trophy finalist in the 2009-10 season and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team after scoring 55 points.


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