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Jan Hejda will miss 4-6 months after wrist surgery

Minnesota Wild v Colorado Avalanche

DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 02: Jan Hejda #8 of the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly #37 of the Colorado Avalanche talk as they prepare for a face off against the Minnesota Wild at the Pepsi Center on February 2, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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If you thought the Colorado Avalanche signing defenseman Greg Zanon was a little odd, there’s a good reason why they did it.

Courtesy of fan blog Eurolanche, defenseman Jan Hejda let’s it be known he’ll miss 4-6 months after having wrist surgery. Adrian Dater of the Denver Post finds out from the Avalanche that Hejda had surgery right after the season ended which helps push up his date to return. Nice of the Avs to let us all in on that tidbit.

With Hejda out until at least the start of the season, Zanon being brought on board makes sense as a replacement. They’re both defensive-defensemen but, as Dater points out, when Hejda returns they’ll have a logjam on the blue line. As it is now they’ve got seven defensemen signed and still have Erik Johnson to get signed on long term. With eight guys, someone is likely to get moved later on.