Matt Duchene signs extension with Avalanche

Center Matt Duchene signed a five-year contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche that will keep him in Colorado through the 2018-19 season.

The deal is worth $30 million, CBS Sports reported via a source. Duchene signed a two-year deal with the Avalanche as a restricted free agent last year.

The 22-year-old was the third pick in the 2009 NHL Draft by Colorado, and has 193 points in 266 games during his four-year career, including 43 points last season, according to NHL.com.

“Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term,” Joe Sakic, the Avalanche vice president of hockey operations, said in a team statement. “We all felt that it was important for us to secure his rights for several seasons. With his great skills, speed and character, he represents the identity we want the Avalanche to be.”

Duchene, a native of Haliburton, Ontario, made his first All-Star Game in 2011, and hopes to continue his success with the Avalanche and help them improve down the road.

“In 2009 I was thrilled to have been selected by the Avalanche, my favorite team,” Duchene said. “I have worn this uniform with pride in my first four professional seasons in Denver, and I appreciate the organization believing in me for the long-term future.

“I have been working really hard again this summer, and I am looking forward to the upcoming training camp and season.”

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