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Duchene isn’t having much fun in Sweden

Nov 22, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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While NHL players continue to bolt for overseas gigs, some aren’t having the greatest time studying hockey abroad. Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene might rank as one of those players.

Duchene already blasted officiating in the Swedish Elite League, and now he’s critiquing the work of his foster team Frolunda after a 2-0 loss on Tuesday, according to an Aftonbladet article (translated by the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater).

“If this was in the NHL, five players would be sent down to the minors after a game like this. But here, players are too comfortable,” Duchene said. “There are 33 million Canadians that would sacrifice an arm to play hockey at this level.”

The interview caused a stir already, although Duchene claims that those comments were “blown out of proportion.”

Specifically, Duchene told Dater that he did have some good things to say about the team and also held himself accountable by saying he “let his teammates down” in that defeat.

Ultimately, Dater has an interesting take on Duchene’s comments (and perhaps, passion).

I’ve been around Duchene long enough to know he just wants to win, period. I think this actually shows well on his character, that he cares as much about winning in Sweden as he does here. Most guys just go over there to make some money and stay busy and don’t really give a hoot about how the team does. Dutchy isn’t like that.

It might not make him a popular teammate, though.

  1. id4joey - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    F. H: Hello Canada and hockey fans in the United States and Newfoundland. This is Foster Hewitt live from the Gondola at Maple Leaf Garden. Howie Meeker is with us during this second intermission. Howie, we’re seeing the ownership dictate the timeline of the conflict using strong arm tactics. Its been said the players will holdout even though they risk losing a year’s salary. Do you put any stock into this theory?

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    F.H.: “He shoots, he scores!” Thank you, Howie. Well! there you have it hockey fans. The owners are looking to win big again against its arch rival NHLPA. This is Foster Hewitt signing off from the Gondola at Maple Garden in Toronto.

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    • isithockeyseasonyet - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Why do you post the same thing on every page regarding proskauer rose?

    • valoisvipers - Nov 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      @id4joey Sir I am standing up and applauding you right now. Great piece and thanks for adding Howie!

      • blomfeld - Nov 22, 2012 at 3:48 PM

        @Id4joey – There’s also thunderous applause emanating from the Blomfeld household too ! :)

  2. dprouse - Nov 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Seems to be a lot of guys souring on their European adventures. Jason Spezza is apparently getting ready to leave Switzerland – he told Team Canada that he would play for them in the Spengler Cup, then likely head home, even without a resolution in the lockout. No surprise – they are playing a strange brand of hockey a long way from home, and for very little money once they have paid the insurance premiums. Want to know why Bettman is squeezing the players so hard? This is why. What little leverage the players did have in terms of other playing options is starting to publicly fall apart, and it’s not even December yet.

  3. shotzongoal - Nov 22, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Of the Swedish Elite League Duchene said, “but here, players are too comfortable…..There are 33 million Canadians that would sacrifice an arm to play hockey at this level. Maybe this is a message to his fellow NHL’ers!

  4. id4joey - Nov 22, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    LOL! You’re welcome blomfeld and valoisvipers. Glad you enjoyed it.

  5. polegojim - Nov 23, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Instead of whinning and talking about ‘how things would be in the NHL’…. how about translating that frustration into a deal.

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