There’s little doubt that the Colorado Avalanche are going to have some serious work to do with their roster this summer. They’re currently one of the worst clubs in the NHL, with an absolutely atrocious goal differential.
The struggles of the Avalanche are not anything that will be difficult to point out when the front office and co. sit down and look at their roster this summer. The defense is awful, and they need depth up front. There will also be a discussion about the longest tenured member of this club: Milan Hejduk.
Had it not been for his shoulder injury that forced him to injured reserve, Hejduk may have already been shipped out of town prior to the trade deadline. He’s been extremely quiet for much of the season, with only 11 points in 27 games. He’s coming off a season in which he had just 37 in 81 games, the lowest total of his career.
It’s pretty clear that Hejduk is near the end of his career. If his age, at 37, wasn’t enough to convince you, then his lack of production the past two seasons probably could. Combine that with the young talent that this team has up front, there may just not be room for Hejduk moving forward.
While this team does lack depth on the forward ranks, they have a nice collection of young talent making up their top six. They would be better off exploring other options to fill in depth roles around them. Hejduk does bring the leadership aspect, but he also brings a $2 million cap hit.
The Avalanche have already taken the ‘face of the franchise’ label away from Hejduk, having handed the ‘C’ over to Gabriel Landeskog. Unless the Avs and Hejduk agree to shave about $1 million off of his salary, it may be time for the two to part ways this summer, assuming he doesn’t decide to hang up the skates.