No Bad Blood for Matt Duchene in Leading the Avalanche in Post Patrick-Roy Era

September 15th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

TORONTO - Matt Duchene was enjoying a quiet summer day at his Ontario lake cottage on Aug. 12, hanging out on the dock with his fiancee and their dog. A bit of a news junkie, Duchene usually always has his phone with him to keep up on things, but on this afternoon it was turned off in another room.

"We were just hangin' out, chillin'," Duchene said. "But a little while later, my buddy called me and said, 'did you hear what's going on?' I had no idea what was going on." 

Turned out a lot was going on regarding his team, the Colorado Avalanche. His coach, Patrick Roy, had just shocked everyone by tendering his resignation with one year left on his contract. The coach whom Duchene raved about upon his hire three years ago, who led the Avs to a Central Division title his first season but slipped in the following two, didn't want to be in Denver anymore.

"I was definitely surprised," said Duchene, at the Air Canada Centre Thursday as part of media day at the World Cup of Hockey. "I don't think anyone saw that coming. But it happened and we just have to move on."

Roy, who is not being paid by the Avalanche ...

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