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March 30, 2012 | 10:06am ET
Hejduk considering retirement
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Colorado Avalanche's season might be over after next week's final two games, but captain Milan Hedjuk's career could come to an end for good, the Denver Post reports.

The 36-year-old, who is the only member left of the 2001 Stanley Cup-winning team, was demoted to the fourth line in Wednesday's 1-0 loss against the Vancouver Canucks and admitted afterwards that his remarkable career might be over on Apr. 7 in the season finale against the Nashville Predators.

"It could be. I don't want to analyze right now, but it definitely could be," Hejduk said.

Hejduk signed a one-year deal last summer that pays him $3 million this season and is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He previously stated that he doesn't want to play for another NHL team.

The captain has been scoreless in the last 22 games and has collected only 13 goals all season. He is destined to produce less than 20 goals for the first time since his rookie season in 1998-99.

Unfortunately, his recent demotion to the fourth-line hasn't helped the light-hitting forward to make more of an impact.

"It is what it is," Hejduk said of his limited role. "I try to help the team any way I can and leave it all out there, and not worry about anything else."

Hejduk is trying to stay somewhat optimistic that his career could be extended, if he chooses to retirement after the season, as the Avs currently sit in 10th place of the Western Conference, two points out of playoff contention.

"We are kind of at the mercy of other teams now. It's not in our hands right now. The max we can get is 92 points. I don't know if that's going to be enough," Hejduk added.

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