Dec 17, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) skates against the Dallas Stars during the first period at American Airlines Center. Duchene scores a goal in the first. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Avs Notes: Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene named to Team Canada


Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene was named to Team Canada Tuesday morning after having a solid first-half for the Avs. The Avalanche currently sit at 26-12-4, with 56 points in the Central Division and in prime position for a play-off spot. They are hot of late, winning three out of their last four games with rookie Nathan MacKinnon red-hot.

Matt Duchene has been a key part of the Avalanche’s success as the center leads in the team in multiple categories: Points (38), Goals (16), Assists (22), and Shots on Goal (122). Here is more from ESPN as Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun’s share their take of Matt Duchene:

Scott Burnside:

Duchene is one of the catalysts to the surprising first-half performance of the Colorado Avalanche, and while his production may have fallen off a bit, he’s still a point-a-game guy and a dynamic offensive force. Will battle Jamie Benn for ice time on the left side, assuming Chris Kunitz lines up with Crosby.

Pierre LeBrun:

Speed, speed, speed. If you want to look at the one of the great examples of why Team Canada is sensitive to the requirements of big ice, it’s Duchene, whose blazing speed made him a must addition.

Here is the list of Team Canada’s roster:

Goaltenders:

Roberto Luongo: Vancouver Canucks

Carey Price: Montreal Canadiens

Mike Smith: Phoenix Coyotes

Defensemen:

Jay Bouwmeester: St. Louis Blues

Drew Doughty: Los Angeles Kings

Dan Hamhuis: Vancouver Canucks

Duncan Keith: Chicago Blackhawks

Alex Pietrangelo: St. Louis Blues

P.K. Subban: Montreal Canadiens

Marc Edouard Vlasic: San Jose Sharks

Shea Weber: Nashville Predators

Forwards:

Jamie Benn: Dallas Stars

Patrice Bergeron: Boston Bruins

Jeff Carter: Los Angeles Kings

Sidney Crosby: Pittsburgh Penguins

Matt Duchene: Colorado Avalanche

Ryan Getzlaf: Anaheim Ducks

Chris Kunitz: Pittsburgh Penguins

Patrick Marleau: San Jose Sharks

Rick Nash: New York Rangers

Corey Perry: Anaheim Ducks

Patrick Sharp: Chicago Blackhawks

Steven Stamkos: Tampa Bay Lightning

John Tavares: New York Islanders

Jonathan Toews: Chicago Blackhawks

Avs Notes:

The Colorado Avalanche signed defenseman Nate Guenin to a two-year extension Tuesday morning. Here is more from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post:

The Avalanche announced Tuesday the team has signed defenseman Nate Guenin to a two-year contract extension through the 2015-16 season. His salary next season will be $750,000, and $850,000 the one after that. He is making $600,000 this season, and could have become an unrestricted free agent.

Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly is day-to-day after suffering an injury on the goal of center Paul Stastny. Here is more from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post:

O’Reilly hurt his left shoulder while celebrating the Avs’ third goal, by Paul Stastny. Essentially, he got it jammed while extending his left arm into the group hug. The Avs say he is day-to-day, so we’ll see tomorrow if he plays or not against Ottawa

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