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Hejduk unlikely to re-sign with Avalanche, not retiring

Monday, 07.08.2013 / 7:08 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Hejduk unlikely to re-sign with Avalanche, not retiring
Milan Hejduk has played all 1020 career NHL games with the Avalanche, but it appears his next one will be for another franchise.

Milan Hejduk has been with the same organization since the Quebec Nordiques selected him in the fourth round (No. 87) of the 1994 NHL Draft.

The 37-year-old right wing broke into the NHL with the Colorado Avalanche in 1998 and has scored 375 goals and 430 assists in 1,020 games, all with the Avalanche. But it appears the next goal he scores will be for another club.

Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reported Monday that Hejduk would like to continue his playing career, but the Avalanche are no longer interested in his services. Hejduk, who had four goals and seven assists in 29 games for Colorado in 2012-13, is an unrestricted free agent.

"He wants to keep playing," Hejduk's agent, Jiri Crha, told the newspaper. "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 reportedly has received offers from other teams over the past week, but Crha told Dater his client will sign only for the right price. Hejduk made $2 million in 2012-13.

"He's not going to take some (minimum) salary. It could be a contract with bonuses or something like that, if he achieved them then it's fair to both sides. But we'll see; as I said, there is no rush," Crha said.

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