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Rumor crushed: O’Reilly and Duchene are friends after all

Mar 10, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

Ryan O'Reilly, Matt Duchene Getty Images

For the last few months we’ve heard rumors about how Avalanche teammates Ryan O’Reilly and Matt Duchene weren’t seeing eye-to-eye. When O’Reilly’s contract squabbles with the team dragged out, it was believed there was strife there.

Fear not, rumormongers, the two young Colorado stars would like everyone to know they’re friends as they shared with Adrian Dater of The Denver Post. Dater asked the two players directly if they had beef and they cleared the air fast.

“No,” Duchene said. “We’re still buddies, we’re teammates and we both want to win together.”

Said O’Reilly: “We’re still friends. I don’t know where some of that stuff got started.”

Some of that stuff started on its own with some help from Dater’s co-worker at the Denver Post, Mike Chambers, after the Avalanche lost in Detroit on Tuesday. At the very least this stuff didn’t get a chance to fester. Perhaps after the Avs took out Chicago on Friday, it sparks them to make a run towards the playoffs.

  1. letsgopens8771 - Mar 10, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Of course. I didn’t believe this for a second. That just proves how false and stupid these “chemistry” rumors are.

  2. jernster21 - Mar 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    People under estimate the camaraderie of hockey players. All that matters is on the ice and when you’re going to war against other teams who want to take your head off, all the off ice things don’t matter. Every hockey player has to negotiate their own contracts to play in this league, it’s the business side that every single one of them understands.

  3. odak51 - Mar 10, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Does anyone see the floating stick in the picture?

    • polegojim - Mar 10, 2013 at 5:35 PM

      Right next to the curling broom and pink elephant…

      Put down the beer… and slowly walk away…

      ; ) Yes, I see it.

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