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Report: Hejduk, Avalanche talking contract extension

May 15, 2012, 5:05 PM EDT

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According to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, the Colorado Avalanche are discussing a new deal with captain Milan Hejduk.

More, from The Post:

Hejduk, the Avs’ 36-year-old captain who suffered through a terrible second half, would like to return for another season. If not with the Avs – which is his overwhelming preference – I’m told there is a chance he’d consider, gulp, signing with another team when/if he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.

How much of a chance, I don’t know. Hejduk is keeping his mouth shut for now, but I know there have been discussions between the Avs and his agent, Jiri Crha. Guaranteed, Hejduk would get an offer from a few teams if he goes on the open market. He would not want to uproot his family, which include two young sons, from Denver and there is a chance he’d just retire rather than do that if the Avs don’t want him.

Hejduk has spent his entire 13-year career with the Avs and sits fourth all-time in franchise scoring behind Hall-of-Famers Peter Stastny, Michel Goulet and soon-to-be HOFer Joe Sakic.

He was awarded the “C” in November — becoming just the third captain in Avalanche history — though the captaincy coincided with one of his worst seasons ever. He failed to score 20 goals for the first time since 1999, averaged just 17 minutes a game and fell to fourth-line duty late in the year.

Hejduk has re-upped with Colorado in consecutive seasons on one-year deals. The first, signed in 2010, was for $3 million; the second (2011) was for $2.6 million.

  1. pone27 - May 15, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Hope the Avs can work out a way to keep Hejduk in Colorado. Not often we see guys play out their whole career in one place.

  2. tru2joelu4eva - May 15, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    as an avs fan, i hope to god they don’t re-sign him. believe me, i love hejduk just as much as the next guy but he’s a relic and he was useless pretty much the entire season. there was no veteran leadership, no grit, and definitely no numbers to support bringing this guy back. i think i speak for all avs fans when i say that we will always be in debt to him for his services and consistency over the course of his career, but his time to retire clearly has come, and it’s time to hand the “C” over to the next generation of the team.

    • polegojim - May 15, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      Very well said. Hejduk was good… never great… but hasn’t been a force on the ice for several years.

      Time for the Avs Org to pull their head out of the proverbial dark place and move on with purpose and urgency.

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