|Milan Hejduk stepped down after one year as Avalanche captain. (Getty Images)|
Perhaps the biggest non-CBA-related development in the NHL this week (and it probably shows just how painfully slow the NHL is right now) was Tuesday's announcement by the Colorado Avalanche that 19-year-old Gabriel Landeskog would be taking over as the team's newest captain, replacing veteran Milan Hejduk.
It was a bit of a surprise given Landeskog's age, as well as the fact that Hejduk had been named the captain of the Avalanche just last season, playing only one year with the "C" on his sweater. Hejduk stepped down from the role and on Tuesday explained why he made the decision to remove himself from the position.
"The captain should be somebody with a significant role on the team, probably on the top two lines, which I was not last year," said Hejduk, via Mike Chambers of 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.
"He's (Landeskog) going to be, in my mind, the franchise player for a long time," added Hejduk. "He's young, but he's got a good head on his shoulders. I think the organization is in good hands."