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07-08-2013, 10:50 PM
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Originally Posted by expatriated_texan View Post
1020 games played and not one single fight. The guy has no heart and no truculence.

Seriously though, he was about as fine a player as you could ask for and did everything professionally. He took home-town discount after home-town discount to remain an AV. I really feel bad that he still feels he has something left in the tank and the AVs don't have have him in their plans. What a rotten situation.

I'm not sure he's going to find a regular shift on any teams top 2 lines but I've always thought he'd be magic on the power-play being setup by Crosby. There were times over the last eight years where I secretly wished him to be traded so he could chase another Cup with the Penguins because the AVs were sucking, he was aging and Crosby was making payday after payday for wingers who weren't as good.

He's just always struck me as a great guy off the ice too. I just wish him all the best and am thankful for all the wonderful memories he's given me as a fan.

On an aside...I'm also glad he's learned to keep the speeding in y'all remember how he got busted for driving 100+ MPH in a 65 MPH zone? I remember reading that he got lectured by the team, his attorney and his girlfriend over the whole thing. I believe he made a comment about how he was going to have her drive him around for a while to minimize his time behind the wheel.
Just looked up an article about it: Apologetic Hedjuk skates away from reckless driving charge
While Mulvahill also said Hejduk expressed remorse, he told the judge that in the Czech Republic, where Hejduk is from, police don't enforce the speed limits as strictly as they do in America.

And while I'm at it...How does his resume stack up for the HHOF?
1020 games played
375 goals
430 assists
805 points
316 PIMs (That's awfully low...Scott Parker had more than that in one season with the Kelowna Rockets)
All-Rookie Team (98-99)
3 1st Team All Star Games (99-00, 00-01 and 08-09)
1 Stanley Cup (00-01)
1 Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy via Forsberg (02-03)
1 Bud Light Plus/Minus Winner (02-03)
1 2nd Team All Star Game (02-03 how the heck does the Rocket award winner not even make 1st team All-Star? ****ing east coast bias)
1 Olympic Gold Medal (1998)
1 Olympic Bronze Medal (2006)
1 WC Bronze Medal (1998)

Ultimately I think he's on the outside looking in. If he'd played all these years in New York or might be different. There are worse players in the hall but I don't think he's going to get in and that's a shame. I understand the HHOF tries to make it a very exclusive club but I'm not sure they do things right. How the heck is Pat Burns not in?
Hejduk deserves to have his number up in our rafters but he isn't hockey HOF material.

It sucks that he doesn't really have a spot on our team anymore and it will be really difficult to see him in another jersey, but I wish him luck where ever he goes. He will deservedly get his day at Pepsi Center after he retires to watch his number go up next to Sakic, Forsberg, Roy, Bourque and Foote.

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