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Milan Hejduk hopes to catch on with new team

Jul 8, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

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After 1,020 regular season and 112 playoff games with the Colorado Avalanche, Milan Hejduk‘s time with the only NHL team he’s ever known is over. If he has his way, that doesn’t mean his NHL career is over, too.

The veteran winger’s agent Jiri Crha told the Denver Post that he hopes to land with a different team for the 2013-14 season.

“He wants to keep playing,” Crha said. “If there is any team that really wants to use him for his offensive skills, he still believes he could do it.”

Crha claims that the 37-year-old is “feeling very good health-wise again” and “still valuable.”

There’s little doubt that times have been tough for Hejduk lately.

After scoring 20+ goals in 11 straight seasons, the Czech-born forward was limited to 14 goals and 37 points in 2011-12 and 11 points in 29 games last season.

One might assume that some team would be glad to give him a bargain deal, but Hejduk’s agent says he wants more than a minimum contract.

“He’s not going to take some (minimum) salary,” Crha said. “It could be a contract with bonuses or something like that, if he achieved them then it’s fair to both sides. But we’ll see, as I said there is no rush.”

  1. bardown66 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Loved watching those old avalanche team. I wouldnt be shocked if a squad that could use a veteran in the top six picked him up. NYI, EDM, FLA, or CBJ would be interesting

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      Top six?

  2. einjzmolf - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:30 PM

    surprised Ken Holland hasn’t offered him a retirement home contract.

    • polegojim - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:55 PM

      Hahaha… jealousy at it’s best.

  3. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 8, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Can’t imagine him playing for anyone other than Colorado :/

    • polegojim - Jul 8, 2013 at 11:57 PM

      Yep… Loved watching him play… but he struggled to keep up last year. I think it’s time to all it a career… but maybe one more year.

      Tough when your prime-time team mates… are coaching the team.

      • jernster21 - Jul 9, 2013 at 1:47 AM

        Still has some of the best hands in the league but unless the game goes into a shootout every single game he’s unfortunately not going to be much of a factor.

      • polegojim - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        You nailed it.

      • polegojim - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        Kind of like Modano when the Wings picked him up… not much help during reg games… did some good ‘situationally’.

  4. helloname01 - Jul 8, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Extremely bizarre given the fact that the Avs are trying to hire everyone from the last team they had that was any good. Although I guess none of the other geezers are trying to land a spot on the roster

  5. jernster21 - Jul 9, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    I love Hejduk and everything he has done for the organization but it’s time to move on and has been for sometime. This team has a different identity from the teams that won two Stanley Cups. The game is completely different. There has to be a physical buy in from every single guy on the roster and guys like Hejduk who never had to do it are becoming an after thought in today’s NHL. As much as I loved the thought of Forsberg’s last come back (who is my favorite forward to ever play the game), it was a mistake and set the team back…it became too much of a distraction: one of the greatest Avs players is making a come back and is going to save this team from the hardship it was going through….then it collapsed. Cutting lose the last remaining piece of the glory days turns the page and it’s time for the young kids on the team to take the bull by the horns and write their own book. The team is way too young to approach the game with the mentality of “let’s do it for Hedgy” – they need to do it for themselves without the fear of letting someone down. The one thing this team has going for them is they’ve done a lot of losing and they know what it feels like to lose and it’s better that they have that feeling in their guts now instead of years down the road when they face adversity; they can’t say, “we’ve never been in this situation before.” I’m excited about the future of this “new” team – they have one of the greatest winners to ever play in the NHL behind them on the bench to try and instill a winning culture/mentality where mediocrity will not be acceptable.

  6. ryanoffski - Jul 10, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    When I see Hejduk in another jersey besides the avs, I think I’ll cry ):

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