Avs players take ice as they wait for NHL season

Updated: January 8, 2013, 4:35 PM ET
Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- After 27 hours of exhausting travel as he made his way from Italy to Denver, Matt Duchene was ready for only one thing -- hockey.

Soon after landing back in town, the Colorado Avalanche forward made his way to the rink.

Expect anything different?

Even in his jet-lagged condition, Duchene was on the ice with 16 of his buddies for an up-tempo scrimmage Tuesday. Most of the players were teammates for the Avalanche but Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj and Detroit ...

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