Duchene ‘shocked’ by contract buy-out


Haliburton’s Matt Duchene will be joining the Dallas Stars this coming National Hockey League season.

He’s committed to a one-year deal after the Nashvlle Predators bought out the remainder of his contract June 30.

“It was a shock to be leaving Nashville, because Nashville is home for my family,” Duchene said during his namesake charity golf tournament at Blairhampton Golf Course July 21.

Duchene had three years left on a sevenyear, $56 million, contract he signed with the Preds in July 2019. The rest of his contract will be paid out within the next three years

“Dallas was my first choice coming out of this, and fortunately, I was able to sign this deal with them,” Duchene said. His one-year deal is worth $3 million.

Duchene said he is “very optimistic” about the 2023-24 season with the Stars. Last season, Dallas lost to the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the western conference finals and the Knights went on to win the Stanley Cup.

Duchene, 32, started his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, before moving on to the Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets and then Nashville. Last year, he played 71 games with the Predators, notching 22 goals and 34 assists for 56 points.

He is approaching the 1,000 game milestone, with 976 under his belt. In that time, he has scored 316 goals, and 428 assists for 744 points..