Thread: Speculation: Will Hejduk return next year?
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03-05-2012, 06:03 PM
Bill Peckerskull
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There's a reason why everyone not named Landeskog and O'Reilly have struggled this year. They are the only two that have been paired together all season long.

IMO, Hejduk has struggled because of a number of things. First, IMO, he has an undisclosed injury to an arm/wrist/hand/shoulder. Just watch him try and handle the puck, or shoot He looks like a completely different player that we all know. I also think getting the C has had an effect on his play mentally.

In addition, this team isn't an open skating, play making unit anymore. They play dump and chase, and that is not his, nor Duchene's game. Further, he was paired with Lando and ROR for a large stretch. Again, a grinding pair that's not exactly the type of players he excels with. Another reason is because Duchene has been forced as a winger on the line with he and Staz. While he has had some chemistry with Duchene in the past, they don't work together with Stastny (Also why Stastny has struggled). There's also a reason why all three of Staz, Jones, and Hejduk played their best this year when paired together.

A new coach would do him and most everyone else wonders, IMO. I think he could play 2-3 more years easily, if he wants.

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