Jan Hejda is heading home, to Denver, to see the team doctor about his right knee, coach Patrick Roy said.
Hejda’s first-period collision in the corner didn’t look good, and obviously sending him home to Denver is not a good sign for the big veteran D who is having a real good year. Hejda joins Ryan Wilson as Avalanche D-men on the shelf right now. Expect Cory Sarich to slide back into the lineup tonight and for Colorado to make a roster move.
Avs coach Joe Sacco also said defenseman Jan Hejda, who missed Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over Florida with a groin injury, will be available during the two-game trip that concludes Sunday in Anaheim.
The veteran Hejda managed four goals and 12 points over his first 47 games in Colorado.
Hejda is supposed to be out 2-4 weeks with a knee injury, and there seemed a lot of doubt whether he’d be ready for opening night against Detroit. Doesn’t seem like much doubt now. He’s out there skating hard, in a full-contact scrimmage.
Hejda's health affects Kyle Cumiskey, Shane O'Brien and Stefan Elliott -- all of which are competing with more established players for playing time. Last season, the stay-at-home defender scored five goals and 20 points through 77 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Don't expect anything more than those point totals, which were quite close to career highs. Don't expect much more in terms of production.
Sacco also said defenseman Jan Hejda’s timetable remains the same — two to four weeks from a knee injury, but he’s hoping for the former, which would mean the big guy is playing in game No. 2 that kicks off a five-game road trip in Boston on Oct. 10.
Hejda's absense will allow a defender like Kyle Cumiskey or Jonas Holos to make the team. Last season, the stay-at-home defender scored five goals and 20 points through 77 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Don't expect anything more than those point totals, which were quite close to career highs.