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NHL notes: Hejduk explains handing over captaincy

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur battles for the puck against Colorado Avalanche...

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur battles for the puck against Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk (left) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto last October. (REUTERS)

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, Last Updated: 9:01 PM ET

Milan Hejduk's reduced role with the Colorado Avalanche was the reason he handed over the team's captaincy to teenager Gabriel Landeskog.

The decision by Hejduk made Landeskog, a 19-year-old Swede, the youngest player to captain an NHL team. He is slightly younger -- 11 days -- than Sidney Crosby was when he was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"(The captain) should be somebody with a significant role on the team, probably on the top two lines, which I was not last year," Hejduk told the Denver Post. "It kind of feels weird when you're playing on the third and fourth lines and being captain. It didn't feel right."

Hejduk also thinks Landeskog, last year's NHL rookie of the year, is the future of the Avs, which also played a role in his decision.

"He's going to be, in my mind, the franchise player for a long time," Hejduk said. "He's young, but he's got a good head on his shoulders. I think the organization is in good hands."

NO NO-TRADE FOR WEBER

Shea Weber's 14-year, $110 million contract with the Nashville Predators does not include a no-trade clause, according to his agent.

Jarrett Bousquet told the Tennessean Wednesday that the deal has been registered with the league, sans a non-movement clause. But under the terms of the current CBA, the Predators can't trade Weber during the first year of the contract.

Nashville inked Weber after matching an offer sheet for the defenceman from the Philadelphia Flyers. His agents said they would ask Nashville for a no-trade clause even though it was not included in the offer sheet, but were apparently unsuccessful.

'CANES KEEP DWYER

The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Patrick Dwyer Wednesday to a two-year, $1.8 million contract extension that kicks in next season.

The new deal will pay Dwyer $900,000 per season. He'll earn $650,000 this year.

"Patrick has been an excellent fit for our organization and plays an important role for our team," Hurricanes president and general manager Jim Rutherford said. "He is one of our top penalty killers and provides speed for our forward lines."

Dwyer had five goals and seven assists in 73 games last season and was second among Hurricanes forwards with 62 blocked shots.

 


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