Matt Duchene announced on Twitter that he’s signed with Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. He’ll be in Gothenburg Thursday evening.
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.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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