The Avalanche will be without their most lethal weapon for the start
of the season after Milan Hejduk had knee surgery.
DENVER (CP) -- Colorado Avalanche sniper Milan Hejduk is expected to
be out four to five weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery.
The 29-year-old winger left Friday's intrasquad game because of a sore
knee and had not skated since.
"It's early in the pre-season and it was the ideal time for Milan to
get this taken care of," Avalanche head coach Joel Quenneville said
Tuesday in a statement. "He'll be fully recovered in a few weeks and
ready to embark on a long regular season."
Hejduk was Colorado's leading goalscorer two seasons in a row, leading
the NHL with 50 goals in 2002-03 en route to winning the Rocket
Richard Trophy. He scored 35 goals in 2003-04.
Last season, Hejduk played for Pardubice in the Czech Republic,
registering 25 goals in 48 games.