NHL Notes: Hejduk named Avs' captain

Milan Hejduk, a native of the Czech Republic, is the 10th captain in Quebec/Colorado history....

Milan Hejduk, a native of the Czech Republic, is the 10th captain in Quebec/Colorado history. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

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Milan Hejduk wasn't sure what to expect when Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco summoned him Monday.

"I was thinking, 'What's going on?' I had no idea," Hejduk told NHL.com.

But the 35-year-old right winger wasn't being traded -- he was being named team captain.

He will debut the "C" against the Pittsburgh Penguins Tuesday night.

Hejduk, a native of the Czech Republic, is the 10th captain in Quebec/Colorado history and the second European, joining Nordiques star Peter Stastny.

CROSBY STILL WAITING?

Sidney Crosby practised on the first line Monday but that doesn't mean he will return to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup Tuesday.

Crosby was filling in for Steve Sullivan, who has a lower-body injury.

Asked to clarify Crosby's status, Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said: "We stated we will let (the media) know when he is playing. It's not going to be a secret. I'm not telling anything else other than there is no change in his status."

So, unless he is cleared after the morning skate Tuesday, Crosby will be a scratch for the game at home to the Colorado Avalanche.

MARKOV REJOINS HABS

Defenceman Andrei Markov, out all season with an injured right knee, skated with the Montreal Canadiens Monday morning nearly a year to the day since he was knocked out of action.

The 32-year-old Russian last played in a game on Nov. 13, 2010, when he was hit by Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes.

Markov underwent his second major ACL reconstruction on the knee, raising questions about whether his career might be in jeopardy.

There's no word on when Markov will return to action.

LOKTIONOV REPLACES PENNER

The Los Angeles Kings recalled Andrei Loktionov from Manchester of the AHL Monday to replace forward Dustin Penner, who has a hand injury.

Loktionov has seven points in 20 games with the Kings in previous seasons.

Penner, who has just two assists in 14 games this season, has been placed on injured reserve.

Penner is a four-time 20-goal scorer, but has just two goals and six assists in 33 games with the Kings since they acquired him in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers.

HAGMAN A DUCK

The Anaheim Ducks claimed winger Niklas Hagman, 32, off re-entry waivers from the Calgary Flames Monday.

Hagman was one of the key pieces in the trade Jan. 31, 2010 which sent Dion Phaneuf to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Flames will be responsible for half of Hagman's $3-million salary. The Ducks will pay the other half.

Hagman, who came to the Flames along with Matt Stajan, Ian White and Jamal Mayers, had one goal and four points in eight NHL games this season. Only Stajan, who has been a healthy scratch the past two games, remains with the Flames.

In 106 games with Calgary over the past three seasons, Hagman had 17 goals and 25 assists, well below expectations of a three-time 20-goal scorer and member of Finland's 2010 Olympic team.

He's due to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

STARRING ROLE FOR SEGUIN

Boston Bruins centre Tyler Seguin was chosen the NHL's first star of the week after getting four goals -- including two game-winners -- and two assists in three games.

Seguin leads the Bruins with 11 goals and nine assists in 15 games.

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard was the second star after posting a 1.33 goals-against average and .948 save percentage, in helping Detroit win three games.

Chicago Blackhawks centre Jonathan Toews was the third star with four goals and two assists in four games.

BRIEFLY

Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook appeared to injure his left leg Sunday night against the Edmonton Oilers, but he was with the Blackhawks Monday as they headed to Vancouver to open a six-game trip ... The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenceman Brendan Smith to replace Ian White, who broke a cheekbone when he blocked a shot Saturday. The Wings also put Todd Bertuzzi (sinus infection) on injured reserve.


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