Thread: Speculation: Will Hejduk return next year?
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03-05-2012, 11:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Foppa2118 View Post
It's so weird how his production has just completely disappeared. He's got 2 points (both assists) in his last 10 games during the most important stretch of the year, and just 2 goals in his last 26 games. 4 goals in his last 39 games, because he had a two goal game a while before that.

I can't figure it out. Nothing really changed, and he's been a model of consistency prior to this year. He's skating well, handling the puck well. Just looks a little disinterested, and his confidence, and shot have just vanished.

It would be real special for him to reach 1000 games, especially with the same team. That's a pretty impressive feat. I think he can still help the team in a lesser role, but even on the 3rd line, he's going to have to help contribute a bit offensively, and not hold his linemates back.

It would also be a beneift to keep from naming one of the youngsters captain for another year as well IMO. That being said, it sure seems possible that C on Hejduk's chest is awfully heavy for him.
IMO the bolded is the best case for bringing him back.

That said if he can get healthy and bounce back for this stretch run, then his play could warrant his return, regardless of the benefit our youngins get playing with less pressure while he carries the C.

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