A farewell to the faulty Matt Duchene era

I’ll always remember Matt Duchene’s first NHL goal. It was in the third period against the Detroit Red Wings. Duchene sailed in on the near sideboards and beat Chris Osgood with a wrist shot. Duchene was an Avs fan growing up, and considering the Avs’ rivalry with the Red Wings, I can’t think of a better way to score your first NHL goal.

It took eight games for Duchene to score that goal his rookie year. Avs fans that whole time were just waiting for him to break out. When we did, we expected the 2009 third-overall pick to lead the Avalanche into their next great era.

Our last image of Duchene with the Avs was of him slipping off the ice after a forgotten shift. He packed his bag and headed for the border. He’s an Ottawa Senator now — a statesman. It was a trade we all knew had to happen, but still it was a gut punch of unfulfilled promise.

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