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Matt Duchene growing frustrated in Sweden

With no end to the NHL lockout in sight, Avalanche center Matt Duchene is becoming frustrated with the play of his Swedish teammates.

The Frolunda Indians lost 2-0 to MODO Hockey Tuesday, lowering their record to 4-8 in the 12 games since Duchene joined the club.

“If this was in the NHL, five players would be sent down to the minors after a game like this,” Duchene told reporters following the loss. “But here, players are too comfortable. There are 33 million Canadians that would sacrifice an arm to play hockey at this level.”

Duchene might have to figure out a way to overcome his frustration as it appears he will not be rejoining the Avalanche any time soon.

The NHLPA submitted its latest proposal to the league on Wednesday, and executive director Donald Fehr was less than thrilled with the NHL’s reaction towards it.

“On the big things there was, as of today, no reciprocity in any meaningful sense,” Fehr told the Canadian Press in New York after the meetings.

The NHL is expected to announe the cancellation of the 2013 All-Star game in Columbus on Friday.

Hockey fans will not be able to give thanks for a season, and will have to continue to hope for the gift of hockey by Christmas.

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