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Duchene, O'Reilly ... Why Avs chose to keep both

Updated: October 20, 2009, 6:03 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun

Matt Duchene? Hardly surprising. Ryan O'Reilly? Now that one we didn't see coming three weeks ago.

The Colorado Avalanche announced this week they're keeping both 18-year-old centers and not returning them to junior hockey, a huge accomplishment for both kids. Once they play in their 10th NHL game Friday night, their NHL entry-level contracts will kick in regardless of whether they are sent back down to junior later. They're in for the long haul.

"Certainly their play ...

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