Talk about outsourcing jobs, the NHL has to be the guiltiest organization, shipping millionaires overseas. Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is the next player to take his talents to Europe, as he announced on Twitter. With no end to the NHL lockout in sight, his decision to go to the Swedish Elite League is not a surprise.
The team, the Frolunda Indians had this to say on their twitter, “Klart! Kanadensiska centern Matt Duchene är klar på korttidskontrakt för Frölunda. Kommer från Colorado.” If only Jim Henson’s Swedish Chief was around to translate.
Duchene was looking to rebound after an injury filled campaign last year. He even spent time working out with the Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby and felt ready to continue his path to being an elite center in the league. Duchene did acknowledge the Avalanche fans on twitter as well.
Avalanche Captain and last year’s Rookie-of-the-year, Gabriel Landeskog, suggested that Duchene do all of his interviews in Swedish. Though easy to forget because of his flawless English, Landeskog is originally from Sweden and came over to play Junior Hockey in Canada a couple of years ago. Landeskog has decided to stay in Denver for the time being.
The Avalanche are the NHL home to the most famous hockey Swede of all-time, Peter Forsberg, who won two Cups and the MVP award with the Avalanche during his career. He also won a Gold Medal for Sweden on a shootout goal, for which he was enshrined on a postage stamp. He and Duchene played two games together in 2011 during Forsberg’s final comeback attempt.