Look, I know it's not in the best interest of the Colorado Avalanche to give away Matt Duchene for less than they think he is worth. Considering Joe Sakic's lazy eye as an executive, I think it's fair to assume that the explanation of "market value" reads as if it were written in Chinese. Still, in most cases it would be behoove him to hold on to an uber-talented 26 year old center whose best years are more than likely in front of him unless he gets absolutely blown away at the negotiating table.
I'm just not so sure that this is one of those cases. You see, I'm all for collecting as much interest as possible before cashing in on your assets and getting that proverbial bang for your young buck. Unfortunately, the Avalanche's best asset appears to be on the verge of netting them nothing more than cap space when he abruptly retires after succumbing to an (NHL) seasonal depression disorder. Seriously, if they don't get that kid out of Colorado or to the nearest therapist then they are going to have to pray that his impending mental fragility doesn't keep him from passing a physical when they do inevitably decide to move him.
I'm not even sure Matt Duchene is pulling a "Marshawn" in the sense that he's just there so he doesn't get fined. He might just be there just so that there are people around to keep him from doing something hasty with a sharp object when he starts to reflect on the state of the organization that employs him. Just look at how miserable he looks in that fashion forward throwback of an Avalanche jersey, and consider that he would probably be on the nearest ledge if he was asked to be media friendly in the trash bags they called uniforms the last few seasons. Colorado would cease to exist as a franchise is they for rid of everyone that hated being there, but - in this instance - keeping Matt Duchene on 'The Fray' of the roster is where you go wrong in figuring out 'How to Save A Life'.