The Colorado Avalanche are ready to move on without Matt Duchene

The awkwardness of the last 10 months is finally over for the Avalanche and Duchene.

It’s likely that if general manager Joe Sakic had his way, center Matt Duchene would have been traded long before November. The 26-year-old had requested a trade from the Avalanche back in December 2016, nearly a full year from when Duchene was dealt to the Senators in a three-way trade.

That meant that Duchene spent at least 10 months with the Avalanche on a lame-duck team. The trade request wasn’t a...

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