The Colorado Avalanche signed their first overall pick from this year’s draft, Nathan MacKinnon, to a three year entry level contract. He will have a cap hit of $3.775 million each year. If we presume that he makes the team out of training camp, the Avs will be about $9 million under the cap. This will probably be a good thing. If the team’s defense continues to be suspect, they will be able to make a blockbuster trade for a top 10 defenseman in the league.
Sadly, it has come out that the Avs have no intention of signing Milan Hejduk. He is still interested in playing, but his agent said the team has informed him that they will not be bringing him back. I agree that Hejduk has slowed down over the past season and a half. However, I don’t think it’s really fair to judge most players by last season. Coaching proved to be very strange last year (and I think it had a bigger affect than we even realize as fans.) Sentimentally, I don’t feel right about letting go of Hejduk. I just don’t think this is how you treat someone after they have played over 1,000 games for your franchise. However, I don’t know if he fits into the top nine anymore (especially with the Avs choosing MacKinnon over Jones). Hejduk isn’t going to be successful on the fourth line. As much as it will pain me to see him in another jersey, I think I’ve accepted the inevability of the situation. So thank you, Hejduk, for so many amazing memories.
In community news, Joe and Debbie Sakic will be hosting a dinner to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockie Mountains in August. For more information about the work of our #forevercaptain, head over here.