Oct 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT
After two impressive seasons in the NHL, Duchene had just 28 points and was limited to just 58 contests in 2011-12. To make matters worse, even when he was playing, he wasn’t 100%.
Duchene’s struggles might have motivated the Colorado Avalanche to hedge their bets and sign him to a two-year, $7 million extension while other promising youngsters like Jordan Eberle, Tyler Seguin, and Taylor Hall were locked up to six or seven-year deals.
His stint in the Swedish Elite League will help him gear up for the comeback attempt that will begin once the lockout ends. In the meantime, his Avalanche teammate Gabriel Landeskog helpfully suggested that Duchene should do his interviews in Swedish, seeing as the Swedish-born Landeskog has been conducting English interviews in North America.
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