Colorado’s chances of making the playoffs are slim at best, which means these next three games might be the last of Milan Hejduk’s career. The 36-year-old is the only remaining player on the Avalanche roster from the 2001 Stanley Cup winning team. He’s also second on the team’s all-time list in games played and fourth in points. However, his streak of 11 straight 20 or more goal seasons is coming to an end and he played on the fourth line Wednesday. He might be slowing down and Hejduk admitted that this might be it for him.
“It could be. I don’t want to analyze right now, but it definitely could be,” Hejduk said.
Hejduk, who has never played for another NHL squad, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. In addition to winning a Stanley Cup, Hejduk is a former Rocket Richard Trophy winner and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy. If he decides to come back for the 2012-13 campaign, he could reach the 1,000 game milestone.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?