The Year in Pictures 2017: Faces & Places

Following an offseason and training camp filled with rumors and rumblings, Avalanche forward Matt Duchene was, to the surprise of some, introduced on opening night at Pepsi Center. But his presence wasn’t permanent. After playing just 1:59 in the first period against the Islanders on Nov. 5, Duchene was removed and notified that he’d been traded to Ottawa.

Oct 11, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) skates on the ice prior to the game against the Boston Bruins at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports