Feb 14, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk (23) is congratulated by teammates after scoring during the shootout against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Avalanche defeated the Wild 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Roundup: Your Morning Links


Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL.  The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.

Turns out long-time Colorado Avalanche winger Milan Hejduk isn’t retiring after all.  There’s a problem though — the Avs don’t want him back. Awkwaaaaaard:

“He wants to keep playing,” Hejduk’s agent, Jiri Crha, told the paper. “If there is any team that really wants to use him for his offensive skills, he still believes he could do it.

“They are very honest about their different plans. They don’t believe he can play in their top six of forwards. 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 has reportedly received offers from other clubs over the past week, but Crha told Dater that his client will only sign for the right price. Hejduk made $2 million in 2012-13.

The New York Rangers re-signed star defenseman Ryan McDonagh on Monday to a new six-year deal:

The Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Ryan McDonaghon a six-year, $28.2 million contract.

The new deal announced Monday will carry an annual salary-cap hit of $4.7 million for New York, which is close to the financial ceiling with players still left to re-sign, such as forwards Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin.

It’s time to vote for the Hockey Hall of Fame once again and this year’s class is absolutely loaded:

That list includes a 600-goal scorer in Dave Andreychuk, Olympic- and Cup-champion Theoren Fleury, and another first-time eligible forward in Keith Tkachuk.

Phil Housley remains on the outside looking in, despite outscoring all but three defencemen in NHL history.

Finally, it looks like all the rumors of Alexander Burmistrov being in the Jets’ doghouse were true as he signed a two-year deal with the KHL on Monday:

Winnipeg Jets center Alex Burmistrovhas signed a two-year deal with Ak Bars Kazan of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

The 21-year-old had just four goals and six assists in 44 NHL games last season, and fell out of favor with the Jets. He was a restricted free agent this summer and the Jets retain his NHL rights.

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