It’s been the story of the summer; the Colorado Avalanche and star forward Matt Duchene are likely nearing the end of their storied relationship.
After being drafted by his childhood club with the third overall pick in 2009, Duchene went on to put up 418 points in 572 career games (and that’s just what he’s done so far).
Poor results for the club in the last few years, though, have left the Avalanche and general manager Joe Sakic scrambling for a solution to a lackluster roster and dismal season records.
While Duchene has always been tossed around as a potential trading piece, the reality of him on the trading block didn’t really hit its peak until this summer. Now, he’s all but certain to get moved - but management has been dragging its feet, waiting for a perfect deal (that may not exist) to land at their feet. Fans have been unhappy with it - but after seeing Duchene’s promo picture for this year, it’s clear that no one’s really as unhappy about it as the player himself.
Just take a look at that face.
LOOK AT IT.
The picture quickly went viral - because really, how could it not? It’s as hilarious as it is sad, and it really encapsulates how Duchene himself must feel.
Of course, a picture that iconic is too easy to have fun with:
Hello darkness, my old friend pic.twitter.com/VzOnmkkSGb— Mary Clarke (@marycclarke) September 14, 2017
Matt Duchene looks thrilled to still be on the Avs. pic.twitter.com/Py40Bve4Wg— Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire) September 14, 2017
Really. It’s every sad song you’ve ever heard, all rolled up into one “I’m not even going to try anymore” facial expression:
♫ All around me are familiar faces— AOL KEYWORD: Mike (@mikeFAIL) September 14, 2017
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for the daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere ♫ pic.twitter.com/xGbwLWeHPW
Things really escalated:
"They give me 3 meals a day and allow me outside for an hour in the afternoon. There is no need to save me. I repeat, do not send help." pic.twitter.com/UQ8mEY8g7B— MGH23 (@mikepac23) September 15, 2017
You've won an all expenses paid trip to NHL all star weekend— Jibblescribbits (@Jibblescribbits) September 15, 2017
It's in Winnipeg! pic.twitter.com/yxQksx6uS9
Like, REALLY quickly.
Young Matt: I want to play for Colorado when I grow up!— Dadam (@ElSeldo) September 14, 2017
Now Matt: I've made a huge mistake. pic.twitter.com/W3f1NdlZlr
(Quick stick taps for the one above, btw, since it was unceremoniously stolen by the very person Manu tried to send it to in jest. Always give credit on original content, friends!)
Finally, I think we can all agree this is the best depiction of the situation in existence:
The Duchene situation is bad for all sides. Hopefully it finds a quick resolution. In the meantime, I will practice my Photoshop skills. pic.twitter.com/d62vp8MELs— Andrew Zadarnowski (@AZadarski) September 15, 2017
We’re so sorry, Matt.