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Hejduk signs one-year contract with Avs

May 18, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

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Milan Hejduk has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Colorado Avalanche, the club announced today.

According to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, Hejduk’s salary will be $2 million.

“Over the years, Milan has been an instrumental part of our organization’s success,” Avs GM Greg Sherman said in a release. “He has represented this franchise with class and will continue to complement the young nucleus of players we have been building this team around.”

“My family and I are very excited to continue my career here in Denver,” said Hejduk. “I believe in this organization and our young players and look forward to helping the team in any way that I can.”

Hejduk, 36, played 81 games in 2011-12, scoring 14 times with 23 assists. The season marked the first time the Avs’ captain had failed to score 20 goals since 1998-99 when he was a rookie.

Hejduk was named team captain on Nov. 14, 2011.

  1. polegojim - May 18, 2012 at 1:54 PM

    Sorry Milan…. but this was yet ANOTHER Avs mistake.

    • odj810 - May 18, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      its 2 M so there paying him like a 3rd liner. I think thats a good deal for both teams. short term short money. Even if it just turns into a trade asset at the deadline

      • polegojim - May 19, 2012 at 9:29 AM

        But he’s playing like a 4th liner… and what would any reasonable team give up for him? Nothing of impact.

        I’d also agree if his leadership was valuable… but he’s never been a leader. Was a good player, but more of an opportunist with better players on his line.

        The money is better invested in nex gen.

  2. drewsylvania - May 18, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    I remember when Hejduk was a rookie. #imold

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