By Allan Muir
It’s not Las Vegas that’s on Matt Duchene’s mind as Colorado’s season comes to a disappointing conclusion. It’s Stockholm. Or, more to the point, Sochi.
The fleet-footed center is ready and willing to extend his season if Team Canada wants him for the upcoming World Championship.
“Absolutely, I’d play,” he said after the Avs were beaten by the Oilers on Friday night. While many players have begged off from the tournament in the past, Duchene would welcome “another chance to put on the [Canadian] jersey and perform and have all the eyes on you that are making the decision for next season.”
“Next season,” of course, is code for the 2014 Olympics. Making that squad is clearly on Duchene’s agenda. “[That would be] an absolute dream come true,” he said.
Duchene, who’s played at the worlds twice before, will be part of a larger-than-usual contingent that’s willing to suit up for Canada next month. Although the late start of the playoffs (April 30) and the early start of the tournament (May 3) mean Hockey Canada won’t be able to count on first-round knockouts to supplement its lineup, it shouldn’t have any trouble icing a stout roster this time around.