The Colorado Avalanche are witnessing something of a new era with their franchise. While they haven’t changed much on the ice since the 2013 came to its disappointing end, there has been a shakeup in the front office, and behind the bench, as well as the departure of a franchise mainstay.
Milan Hejduk was one only player remaining with the team since they last won the Stanley Cup. He’s played his entire career with the Avalanche since the 1998-99 season. Over that span, he’s recorded 805 points in 1,020 games, including 375 goals, though the last few years have seen a pretty significant decline.
Which is part of why the Avalanche are right to not re-sign him this summer. He turned 37 at the beginning of the 2013 season, and has seen a sharp decline over the last couple of years. With the Avalanche now headed in a new direction, it was time to part ways with the veteran forward.
Hejduk likely wouldn’t have cost much in terms of cap space, but this isn’t about money for the Avs. This is about moving on. They hired Patrick Roy. Joe Sakic has taken on a larger role in the front office. They have a strong core of forwards and several young defensemen coming up through the ranks.
This is a franchise working on moving forward. Parting ways with Hejduk had to be done.
With Hejduk not being re-signed, it’ll be interesting to see which direction his career heads. Will he try and catch on with a new team? Or will he call it a career? If it’s the latter, we’ll see if he takes on some sort of position with the Avalanche like his old teammates have done. Either way, parting ways was the right move for Colorado.