Originally written December 01, 2011 on All Things Avs:
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Indeed, the minus-16 rating for Avalanche “shutdown” defenseman Jan Hejda was a humiliating statistic for the kind of player who judges himself on that very figure. The affable Hejda smiled and took a big sigh when I asked him how his plus-3 (including his third goal of the season, two shy of his career high) felt in tonight’s 6-1 win over the New Jersey Devils. Hejda is now minus-13. We led our online and paper-version game stories with Hejda’s reaction from his best game since joining the Avalanche in a free-agent deal last summer. Here’s an additional quote we didn’t use in the other stories: “I don’t think I played any good (before tonight). I played hard, but I watched video when I was like minus-15 or minus-16 four or five games ago, and I tried to be everywhere. But I was kind of just skating from one corner to the other corner. I didn’t hold my position and I posed a lot of trouble for everybody in the zone. I’m kind of settled down now. Just trying to be smart.” Meanwhile,...
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