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Avalanche sign top pick Duchene

Terry Frei
The Denver Post
The Colorado Avalanche held a press conference Tuesday, June 30, 2009 to introduce their top three picks in the NHL Draft, Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly and Stefan Elliott. Photographed here is Matt Duchene. Photo by Reza A. Marvashti , The Denver Post

The Avalanche today announced the signing of center Matt Duchene, the third choice in the recent entry draft from major junior’s Brampton Battalion, to a standard three-year, entry-level contract.

Duchene’s entry level contract calls for him to make $900,000 in salary in each of the three seasons. The Avalanche cap hit will be $3.2 million a season when bonus figures are included.

“This is the first step, but I know I have a lot of work to do to reach my goal of playing in the NHL,” Duchene said in a statement released by the team.

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