Today it was announced that the Colorado Avalanche secured the services of center Matt Duchene through the 2018-19 season. The deal is a five-year extension on his previous two-year deal. Duchene will nearly double his current annual salary with his new deal being worth $30 million.
Duchene has been a integral part of the Avalanche for the past few years. Although he is only 22-years old, he has already scored 82 goals in his four seasons with Colorado, 17 of which came during last year’s shortened schedule. Duchene is now set to be an even bigger part of the Avalanche’s future as the cornerstone of the team moving forward.
It seems that this represents a new era for the organization. The Avalanche have been busy adding other young talent to the squad. Most notably in the 2013 NHL Draft in which the selected Nathan MacKinnon first overall. They let go of Milan Hejduk which cut ties with their past and let them move forward. Also, they signed Andre Benoit at the start of free agency who can provide some dynamic play to the offense and a new coach in Patrick Roy. Off the ice, the front office has seen some new changes too.
These are shaping up to be some exciting times in Denver as the Avalanche try to remold themselves and focus on a new start with fresh, young players. Duchene’s contract extension not only seems inevitable, but symbolic of the new era that is starting to come for the Avalanche and their fans as the team continues to grow and develop.