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At the end of the 2011-12 hockey season, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene was an enigma. He managed only 28 points in 58 games, suffered multiple injuries, and was largely out-shined by teammate and fellow 2009 draft pick Ryan O’Reilly. As fans clamored for O’Reilly to inherit the Avalanche captaincy, Duchene was left wondering how he ended up so far away from the 67 points he saw the year before.
He signed a two-year “bridge” deal that summer, using a low salary number as motivation to prove to himself and the club that he could do better in just two years.
July 1st is always an exciting day for fans of the NHL. Similar to Trade Deadline day during the season, Free Agent Day offers supporters a glimmer of hope for the coming year. Player’s contracts expire and many, sick of their current situation or overlooked talent, opt to take their skills on the road.