The Colorado Avalance and center Matt Duchene have agreed to a five year contract that will go through the 2018-19 season. This five year deal is reportedly worth $30 million; it’s a big upgrade for Duchene, who had 1 year left on his existing contract worth $3.5 million.
Joe Sakic, the team’s Executive VP of Hockey Operations said this about Duchene and the signing,
Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term. We all felt that it was important for us to secure his rights for several seasons. With his great skills, speed and character, he represents the identity we want the Avalanche to be.
Both parties are happy with the signing, especially Duchene. He was drafted by Colorado with the third overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. And this past season Duchene posted 17 goals and 43 points in 48 games. While he’s had a good career so far in Colorado, he’s looking forward to what’s ahead for him and the organization, and couldn’t be happier.
In 2009, I was thrilled to have been selected by the Avalanche, my favorite team. 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.