Young Avalanche center Matt Duchene was pegged to play alongside new right winger P.A. Parenteau ever since the former New York Islanders forward was signed as a free agent last summer. Sure enough, those two and left winger Gabriel Landeskog were appointed a line Sunday by Colorado coach Joe Sacco on the first day of an abbreviated training camp.
Parenteau earned his four-year, $16 million contract by producing 38 goals with the Islanders as John Tavares' right winger over the past two seasons. Tavares and Duchene are similar players, and were selected first and third, respectively, in the 2009 draft.
"Look at what he's done the last few years. He's really built a name for himself. And looking at his contract, the Avs obviously think a lot of him," Duchene said of Parenteau, 29. "I'm excited. I got Landy and P.A., great guys to play with."
Duchene celebrates his 22nd birthday Wednesday. He would like to continue to play with Landeskog and Parenteau until he is at least 23.