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Sep 17, 2010 8:44 PM by Jordan Mason

Duchene strives for individual, team improvement

DENVER (AP) - Matt Duchene watched every minute of last year's Stanley Cup Finals. And the Colorado Avalanche's second-year center found it to be a disturbing way to start his off season.

"I found myself asking why aren't we there and wishing I was there," Duchene said. "It only made me hopeful that we would be one of those teams next June."

Duchene joined the other Colorado Avalanche veterans, who arrived Friday for medical and physicals. Their training camp begins Saturday.

"I realize that last year was a starting point," said Duchene, who all NHL rookies with 55 points, tied with John Tavares with 24 goals and was second to Calder Trophy winner Tyler Myers of Buffalo with 31 assists.

"Hopefully, we can keep it going," Duchene said. "That is why I want to increase at my level, I want to start where I finished last year and I don't want to go backward."

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