With NHL Free Agency starting on July 1st I thought we here at Mile High Sticking would take a look at the potential Avalanche Free Agents and make our own decision on whether each should stay or leave. First up is Milan Hejduk.
Last contract: 1 yr 3 million
2010-2011 Stats: GP 71 G 22 Ast 34 Pts 56
Milan Hejduk has definitely begun to show his age but make no mistake it is only in terms of appearance. Hejduk has maintained a high level of playing ability the last few years and even when the Avalanche struggle he works to make an impact. This past season Hejduk led the Avs in powerplay points, was tied for third in goals, fourth in assist, and third in points. Hejduk will be turning 36 during next season but he definitely still has a few years ahead of him.
Stay or Leave? Stay @ 1 yr 3 million.
The Avalanche have Joey Hishon waiting and potentially a forward with the number two pick in the draft who will be ready to play for the pro club soon so I doubt a contract over one year. Matching last season’s contract seems to be the best decision. Hejduk has been an Avalanche mainstay for years and I would imagine management wants him back. With Adam Foote retiring Hejduk is now the lone veteran leader remaining and the only player left on our roster for the 2000-2001 Stanley Cup team, unless we sign Alex Tanguay hint hint. Hejduk has earned enough respect that the Avalanche should not offer him a cut in salary but they can not cheat themselves either.