The Colorado Avalanche have announced that the team has agreed to a five-year contract extension with forward Steve Duchene that will commit him with Colorado until the 2018-2019 season.
Although the Avalanche haven't been extremely active in free agency thus far, the team felt it important to get Duchene signed long-term. "Matt already is and will be a big part of our team's nucleus for the long term," Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic said. Sakic went on to say "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".
Duchene was drafted third overall in the 2009 draft. In his four seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, he was able to rack up 82 goals and 111 assists in 266 games to put him 30th in the franchise's all-time scoring list. Duchene had entered the last year of a 2-year deal worth $3.5 million per year or $7 million all together. It is not yet known what the terms of the new deal might be, but there are rumors being thrown out that the deal could be worth $30 million. One thing is safe to assume. Duchene will be getting a nice bump.
The Avalanche appear to be taking the approach of building a strong nucleus within the organization and this certainly helps.
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