Hejduk Resigns!

According to Sportsnet.ca Colorado inked Milan Hejduk to a 5-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. This means all Colorado has to do is round out their roster!

12 Responses to Hejduk Resigns!

  1. wingerxxx says:

    Five years?? Wow…it looks like they’ve got some goal scoring on that top line for a while…I’m curious as to how the rest of the summer will play out for the Avs. I still think that Lacroix will try to make some kind of splash to make up for losing Forsberg and Foote.

  2. Shevy says:

    I think the splash might come on defense because i think Marek Svatos will make up for some of the talent lost in Forsberg.

  3. CaptainInsano says:

    The salary cap has hit Colorado as hard as any team in the league.

    They have virtually no top prospects in their system … I expect them to gradually slide for the next few seasons.

    Lacroix is one of the most savvy GMs in the league, and I can understand why he’d want to hang onto Tanguay and Hejduk over Forsberg or Foote, but losing arguably the best player in the game and best defensive defenseman in the game for nothing will sting the organization for quite a while.

    Colorado might have been better off signing Forsberg and trading Hejduk and Tanguay’s rights for some top prospects and affordable young players, but their might not have been a market for those two before free agency began.

    Ideally, maybe Tanguay gets shipped to the Habs for a couple of their youngsters, Hejduk goes to the Rangers for a couple of youngsters or picks, and you sign Forsberg.

    That way you have a star player AND some prospects instead of just a star player. But like I said there was probably no market for those guys and why give up a ton to get Tanguay or Hejduk when you could just sign Kariya, Kovalev, Demitra, etc. without giving up young talent.

    Even if Turgeon and Brisebois play like the did in the PRIME of their careers Colorado would still be a significantly worse team then the last time their was hockey.

    Teams like the Oilers seem to match up real good against the Avs now – Pronger vs Blake, Peca vs Sakic. They will a tough time winning the division.

  4. vanstan says:

    The value of the contract should set s precedent regarding the signings of pavel and henrik in detroit.

  5. Kamakaze says:

    I don’t think Turgeon is such a good fit for them.. but they still have 4 good top forwards in Hejduk, Tanguay, Sakic and Konawalchuk. They also have Svatos, who I figure will play next to Sakic as all their young guys do. The also have a pretty good checking line with Laperrier, Laakksonen and Hinote. Fill out the rest with younger guys.

    If they got someone a little better than Turgeon, they would be in pretty good shape up front.

    On defense they need help though, Blake can’t do it alone, even with young guys Liles and Vannanen. Boughner, Brisebois and Skratins aren’t the kind of guys you would fill out several of your roster spots with, but perhaps Odelien, Slegr or Quintal would help them out a bit. They wouldn’t give them a great defense, but I think they would help. They still have Aebischer and Sauve, which should do fine.

    They aren’t too bad, they just won’t dominate the conference for a while…

  6. Sundinfan says:

    No prospects?

    Svatos is going to be big. They’ve got Liles on defense, he’s a future norris winner right there. Also, Johnny Boychuk is going to be a good defenseman. There are others that aren’t quite developed yet, but we’ve got prospects. Tyler Weiman just won the championship with the Colorado Eagles this last year and he was fantastic between the posts for them. When it comes to prospects, the Avs always seem to make something out of nothing. Look at Vrbata, he was great and was drafted in the 7th round or something. People overlook the talent the team has. Also, Forsberg isn’t going to stick around in the NHL much longer I don’t think. In the long run, signing Tanguay and Hejduk are better moves than signing Forsberg because they’re cheaper, younger, and will be with the Avs keeping the offense afloat a lot longer than Forsberg would have.

  7. wingerxxx says:

    They could use another minute muncher on defense…but Blake, Skrastins, Vannanen and Boughner can all kill penalties. Brisebois can step in there too. As well as Sauer. Brisebois will also help their transition game from the blueline, something I think they’ve been needing more of. But yeah, I don’t know how they can get away with having Turgeon as really their 2nd line center. Unless they want to have Tanguay play more at center.

  8. habfan1160 says:

    Yes, the Avs do not have any top prospects in their system. According to hockeyfutures the Avs are 30 out of 30. They only have 3 prospects that could make a difference in the future. They have little to no top-end talent at all positions and find themselves in a needy situation. Things won’t be as easy as they were in the past for the Avs.

  9. commonwealth says:

    Kono could always play 2nd line since he does have DECENT face off ability. I’d rather see Turgeon play on the 3rd line or maybe play Left wing with Konowalchuk.

    I mean let’s face it, this will not be the same team. The avs didn’t sign every player from the old roster like the Red Wings and I think it was for a good reason. You talk about the avs getting old, check out the wings. Chelios and Yzerman? zzzzzzzzz, but they did make a good choice by sending Pronger’s always hurt ass to Edmonton.

    I think the division will be a very tough one this year, but certainly not so tough the Avs won’t be in contention. The rank Average in every category right now, and it will be up to Lacroix to rebuild over the next 3 years.

    Keeping Fors and Foote would have been ideal, but Hockey has changed, and I think it’s for the worse. Hej and Tangs will help though, Sakic is still as good as he ever was, and the defense?…. well there’s always next year….

    – out

  10. Shevy says:

    Need I remind you guys that neither tanguay/hejduk/drury were projected to be the players they are right now (hejduk being drafted in the 4th round 87th overall..John Michael Liles was projected to barley make the nhl at best and he was the best rookie defenseman last season. The Avs work to make players good, all the players they have traded or lost to free agency got good with the avs…John Klemm, Aaron Miller, Greg Greg DeVries especially since he was hardly considered a good defenseman when the avs picked him up. The Avs dont really need the prospects at this point, Hejduk and Tanguay are young enough to carry the team for another 10years and they have a young defense core which still has a few years to blossom. This team isnt going anywhere. Most of their prospects are off the board until they make their mark in the NHL.

  11. wingerxxx says:

    I never thought of Kono playing center himself…I’ve seen him play at the position here in Washington, and he is not half bad at it. Then again, the guy can play just about any position. You could probably slap the goalie pads on him, and he’d perform. Every team need a Konowalchuk.

  12. goleafsgo1991 says:

    I checked NHLPA.com and they listed him as earning 3.7 million this year. That’s a decent signing for Sakic/Forsberg’s set-up man, their top scorer last time they won the cup, a Richard trophy winner, and on of their stars in their prime considering Kariya and Palffy each went for 4.5/year.

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