Milan Hejduk could play with another NHL team besides Colorado

Hard as it is to picture, it is possible Colorado Avalanche fans will see Milan Hejduk playing in another NHL uniform next season.

“He wants to keep playing,” Hejduk’s agent, Jiri Crha said Monday in a phone interview. “If there is any team that really wants to use him for his offensive skills, he still believes he could do it.”

The Avs, however, don’t appear to be interested. Hejduk, 37, is an unrestricted free agent and Crha said the Avs have informed him he is not in their plans.

“They are very honest about their different plans. They don’t believe he can play in their top six of forwards,” Crha said. “We just saw a player (Daniel Alfredsson in Ottawa) who left after 17 years with the same team. That’s the reality of the hockey life.”

Hejduk scored only four goals and 11 points in 29 games with the Avs last season, sometimes being a healthy scratch or playing on the third and fourth line.

“They used him as a checker,” Crha said. “It was one of those years. But there’s no panic here. No rush. He’s feeling very good health-wise again, and I believe when he is in good shape that he is still valuable.”


12 Responses to Milan Hejduk could play with another NHL team besides Colorado

  1. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    Ranger fans do not seem thrilled with Brian Boyle and I would love to see him on right wing with Kuli and Bolland.
    NYR do not really have any tough guys. I wonder if a deal that involves McLaren and Boyle is possible. NYR cuts a little salary and adds some real toughness and we get a third line guy that can penalty kill and takes draws when needed. We might have to add something to the deal.

    • mojo19 says:

      Ya, the big man would be great.

      • We have Dorsett.

        The thing with Boyle is that everybody expects him to put up up 20 goals because he had that 1 21 goal season. Fans are disappointed in him because he’s not producing. He’s not really a 20 goal scorer – maybe he’ll hit that number again, but teams shouldn’t expect that from him.

        My issue is that he plays too soft for his big frame. He doesn’t know how to use his size to his advantage. He’s not physical enough. For somebody that big, he’s just slightly above decent on the boards.

        • realistic_leafs_fan says:

          That’s a fair analysis of Boyle.IMO
          No disrespect to Dorsett, I was meaning needing more of a heavyweight.
          Weren’t you ready to pack Boyle’s bags for him not that long ago?lol
          I would be happy with solid defensive play from Boyle and about 15 goals. I think we could use him infront of the net on the PP as well.

          • I’ll still pack his bags. I really dislike him on the Rangers. Call it unlucky, but I can’t tell you how many open net goals didn’t go in because his big ass blocked our own shot.

            Really, besides the PK, I just don’t think he does enough right to warrant 3rd line minutes. I don’t see the value it putting him on the 4th line.

            • realistic_leafs_fan says:

              Good to know. Like you said, maybe a bad fit in NYR. Only a change of scenery would be able to tell.

              • He has heart and wants to win. I think he’s also a very likable guy with the coaching staff. That one season when Boyle hired an Olympic figure skater to help him was probably his best year. I’m surprised he hasn’t kept up with that since it really did improve his skating. Unfortunately, he’s still not a very good skater, but I think he could’ve improved every year if he continued to work on that during the off season.

                Consider we didn’t have any real spending money, I do like that we added in Dominick Moore and Benoit Pouliot. We definitely run out of space for players but if we decide to bench Boyle & Pyatt, they can really slot in anywhere.

                I’m not fond of Pyatt. People praise him for his hard work down low, but here’s a guy who I feel is too slow to play with the Rangers. Clowe was slow, but he had the ability to be physical on the forecheck.

                The best news for us is that we resigned McDonagh at a great price and long term. We also found a way to keep Hagelin. I’d like to see us keep Stepan and Zuccarello, but I feel with the recent signings and getting a deal done with Falk, Zuccarello may be the odd man out here.

                My only hope is that we don’t turn into a team that plays like the Canucks. I think we need to keep the grit, and continue to still focus on Defense while being more Offense minded. In my opinion, Canucks suffer because they play the same style all year long– including the playoffs–while teams adjust getting tighter on defense, they don’t change their style. They have trouble scoring because other teams clamped down and the Canucks will continue to lose scoring races when they don’t focus on defense first.

                • mojo19 says:

                  I would gladly take Pyatt and Boyle. At 6’3″ 230, Pyatt is by far the small one of that duo.

                  These are big, tough grinders, the types of guys that Carlyle could get good use out of, much like Torts was able to, and Dave Tippett from Pyatt in the Yote’s playoff run a year ago.

                  Brian Boyle the last two seasons has been one of the Rangers most impressive and stand out forwards in the playoffs by far. At least that’s what I’m seeing. Maybe when you see him on a game to game basis it’s easier to pick apart his inconsistencies and flaws.

  2. mojo19 says:

    I would do McLaren and Holzer for Boyle and Pyatt, as a roster clearing move, which would shave a couple bucks off the Rangers payroll as well.

    Then we’d have a very blue collar, grinding it out type of team –

    JVR – Bozak – Kessel
    Lupul – Kadri – Clarkson
    Kuley – Bolland – McClement
    Boyle – Colborne – Orr/Pyatt

    A lot of size in the fold there. I don’t know though, I like McLaren being a cheap 13th fwd.

    • Steven_Leafs0 says:

      I think we are fine for 4th liners, to give up Holzer for another one is a bad move IMO, even if it is a massive upgrade.

      • realistic_leafs_fan says:

        I don’t think I would go for both, but Boyle for the third line(he’s better than a fourth liner)I would be very happy with. As Mojo said, he raises his game in the playoffs which is one of the reasons I want him. Pyatt is useful, but we don’t need both players.
        Boyle for McLaren and a mid prospect, I would be happy with that.

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