Originally written on All Things Avs  |  Last updated 12/1/11

LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 29: Jan Hejda #8 of the Columbus Blue Jackets skates during their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on December 29, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. The Blue Jackets defeated the Kings 2-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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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