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Duchene signs 2 year deal – whatsup?

Duchene signs 2 year deal – whatsup?
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Haliburton Hurricane Matty Duchene $igns for $7 million

“The Colorado Avalanche signed star center Matt Duchene to a 2-year contract on Friday. It’ll pay him $7 million, making $3.25 million and then $3.75 million. He’ll be a restricted free agent in Summer 2014.

“The whole thing was a little … unexpected?” FROM YAHOO SPORTS – PUCKDADDY more…

Matty Duchene – meet and greet for a special charity. Photo By Terrance Gavan

BY TERRANCE GAVAN – Shrike.ca Sports

Haliburton – Young Matthew Duchene has a vote of confidence from the Colorado Avalanche suits, but the third overall pick from 2009 did not get the ringing endorsement received by John Tavares, who went first in 2009.

Tavares and Duchene are represented by the same agent and the fact that the Avs were reluctant to sign Duchene to a long term deal is mysterious, but not out of character for the front office who are notoriously stingy when it comes to signing unproven youngsters to long term deals.

“The most comparable player is John Tavares of the New York Islanders, who was drafted two spots ahead of Duchene in 2009 and signed a 6-year, $5.5 million annual cap hit contract last season, says Greg Wyshynski, aka Puck Daddy “But Tavares had something Duchene didn’t have: Negotiating power.

“Tavares was getting progressively better, increasing his point totals in his first three NHL seasons and clearly rounding into an NHL star. Duchene actually outscored Tavares in their rookie year and then matched his 67 points in their sophomore year. But last season, Tavares 81 points while Duchene struggled mightily: 28 points in 58 games, during a season derailed by injuries and inconsistency.”

The Avs front office released the following:

Colorado’s first-round pick (third overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Duchene has recorded 150 points (65g/85a) 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.

“Matt is an important part of our team,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “We are excited to come to terms with him and we look forward to seeing him at camp.”

Now, we can’t read too much into the deal. The Islanders are under the gun to get some butts into the seats and tying Tavares up for the long haul would seem to make absolute sense. For the Islanders, who have been named to the dead man walking list of underperforming franchises both fiscally and on the X and O chart, signing Tavares was imperative if the Isles hope to stave off the beckoning allure of the New Nordiques and the enchantment of Quebec City.

This deal gives Colorado access to Duchene for the forseeable future and it only cost them $300,000 more in cap space to tie him up for the deuce. In two years Duchene will still be an RFA and Colorado will probably have a decision to make considering they also have Gabe Landeskog – Calder candidate this year – and Ryan O’Reilly dancing in the wings.

NBC reports that there may be other factors at work, and they like Puck Daddy call the deal “curious.”

Ideally a player with Duchene’s talent and youth — he was a Calder Trophy finalist in 2010 — would wind up getting a longer contract, but the two sides opted to go the shorter route. Adrian Dater of The Denver Post says the move doesn’t quite shock him, but it did pique his curiosity.

Am I a little surprised the contract was so short, and for not that much of a raise from what he was making before? Well, nothing truly surprises me anymore in this game, but I guess I thought it would be longer and for more money.

Is Duchene taking a hometown discount, as Dater suggests, or is there more beneath the surface here? At a $3.5 million cap hit, he’s certainly a lot more attractive on the trade market. Could this be a Kyle Turris situation?

For the record here’s what Denver Post beat gut Dater had to say in a short blog blast:

Well, this news happened while I was still asleep, so I’m a bit late to the party.
The Avs signed Matt Duchene at around 1 a.m. Saturday morning, and put out the official release a few hours later.
He signed a two-year, $7 million contract. He’ll make $3.25 million this next season and $3.75 million in the final year.

Am I a little surprised the contract was so short, and for not that much of a raise from what he was making before? Well, nothing truly surprises me anymore in this game, but I guess I thought it would be longer and for more money.

But the Avs also have a lot of other guys to sign of their own – and July 1 is coming around the corner too. Did Duchene take a hometown discount, so they could sign other guys to better the team? Time will tell.

It should be noted that once upon a time linemate David Jones – who was rumoured to be trade fodder just this past spring – signed for more money than Duchene.

Let’s keep it in prespective.

All of this speculation about money probably seems a bit ironic, considering we’re talking about a 21 year old kid who’s making $3.5 million per year.

For the record let’s keep in mind that Haliburton continues to bear the root scars of a stats Can bulletin that has our hamlet listed with one of the lowest per capita incomes in Ontario.

So in the grand scheme?

Let’s just speculate that Matty Duchene is happy, happy, happy with the deal.

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