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.”

 


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