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Matt Duchene’s struggles in Sweden continue

When Matt Duchene went over to play in Sweden during the NHL lockout, the idea was to keep him fresh and get him back into form after a down and injury-riddled 2011-12.

But so far, not-so-good for Duchene and the Avs.

In 14 games for the Frolunda Indians of Sweden’s top hockey league, the Elitserien, Duchene has just one goal and eight assists, and things have gotten progressively worse for the Avalanche center/winger. In Frolunda’s last game against Timra, he logged only 13 minutes and 40 seconds of ice time, according to Eurolanche.com.

This is coming just a few days after Duchene made some incendiary comments about playing in Sweden, where he questioned his team’s effort, in particular. Duchene’s playing time is on the decline, his scoring output is low, and he doesn’t appear to be bouncing back after a disappointing 14-goal, 28-point season in 2012. It’s looking like the we’ll-see-how-you-do two-year, $7 million contract that Duchene received over the summer is off to a rocky start.

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