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