Colorado Avalanche Re-Sign Milan Hejduk for Another Season

Kevin GoffContributor IMay 11, 2011

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 13:  Milan Hejduk #23 of the Colorado Avalanche waits for a faceoff in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 13, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Avalanche defeated the Leafs 4-1. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Today, in a move that shouldn't surprise anybody, the Colorado Avalanche re-signed winger Milan Hejduk for what will be his 13th season in the NHL.

Hejduk's deal is for one year and is worth $2.6 million.  According to the Associated Press, this deal also has some incentives included that could push the contract to $3 million.

Hejduk will look to break an Avalanche record in his 13th season by attempting to score 20 goals or more goals for his 12th straight season.

Though Hejduk has aged and is no longer the 50-goal scorer that he was, Hejduk should be able to break this particular record without much trouble, barring some type of injury of course.

This contract is one that raises one other question as well.  What does this mean for the captaincy of the Colorado Avalanche? 

Hejduk has been an alternate captain for the Avalanche for the last several years, and there is a current vacancy at that spot with the recent retirement of Adam Foote.

It is possible that this one-year contract is the signal of the beginning of the last couple of seasons of Hejduk's career, as the organization gave both Joe Sakic and Foote similar types of deals as they came closer and closer to the end of their careers.

With such a young team, one might think the Avalanche would want to have a captain that is "in it for the long haul" as it were.

Whatever it means for the Avalanche captaincy, having Hejduk back for another season is something that no Avalanche fan, player, or administrator will be upset with.

Hejduk is the picture of consistency for this team, and will continue to help show the younger players the right way to do things as they progress in the NHL.

Hopefully Hejduk will be the first of many good signings this offseason.