Avs' Hejduk Out Friday, Will Play Saturday: Milan Hejduk will be a healthy scratch Friday, as he prepares for what is likely his final game of his NHL career Saturday against the Wild, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports. (Updated 4/26/13)
No information available at this time (Updated 5/25/13).
The 37-year-old winger is expected to retire at the end of the season, although there is no official word yet from Milan Hejduk. Hejduk has played his entire career for the Avalanche franchise, dating back to the 1998-1999 season. Hejduk tallied 375 goals in his career, but has dropped off with age, scoring 14 last season and just four in the shortened 2013 campaign. (Updated 4/26/13).
Milan Hejduk suffered through a dismal season last year, recording a career-low 37 points in 81 games. By season's end, the 36-year-old was openly pondering retirement. However, he decided to re-up with the team for one more season, agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract last May. He is likely to open the season on the Avs' third line, but he has shown he's more than capable of handling a top-six role if he can find a way of returning to his previous form. (Updated 8/14/12)