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Avs’ captain Landeskog to miss second straight game

Jan 30, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

Gabriel Landeskog AP

Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog won’t be in the lineup Wednesday when the Avs take on the Canucks in Vancouver, according to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

Landeskog, 19, was injured during Saturday’s 4-0 loss to San Jose on this hit from defenseman Brad Stuart:

Landeskog left the ice immediately after the collision, but returned to the game three minutes into the second period, playing 16:23 all told.

The decision to allow the Avs captain to return came under scrutiny on Monday, when it was learned Landeskog would be held out of Colorado’s game in Edmonton with head and neck injuries, believed to have occurred on the Stuart hit.

The Avalanche went on to lose in Edmonton 4-1 — their second straight loss — and have now lost three of five to start the year.

There’s no denying the team is hurting up front right now. Colorado already lost winger Steve Downie for the year with a torn ACL and is still without the services of center Ryan O’Reilly, currently embroiled in a contract dispute.

Minus the services of Landeskog, Downie and O’Reilly, head coach Joe Sacco has been forced to juggle his forward lines.

Dater reports the Avs might go with John Mitchell on a line with Matt Duchene and PA Parenteau vs. Vancouver, with Michael Sgarbossa — an undrafted free agent rookie — making his NHL debut centering Chuck Kobasew and Milan Hejduk.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    What’s up with the O’Reilly contract, specifically (what’s he want vs. what do they want)…anyone know?

    • andidee15 - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM

      No one really knows at this point. The Avs have reportedly offered $17 mil for 5 years (3.4 cap hit) or $7 for 2 years (3.5 cap hit, also known as the Duchene contract). O’Reilly’s camp is a little less specific, but rumors have been going around he’s asking for up to $25 mil for 5 years (5 mil cap hit).

      The Avs are extremely stubborn when it comes to negotiating. They seem to have settled on that 3.5 number and aren’t happy about moving off of it. I could see both sides maybe agreeing on something around $8 mil for two years, but who knows at this point.

      I can understand where both sides are coming from, but the longer this goes on, the nastier it’s going to get. We could definitely use O’Reilly in the lineup though, so I hope everything is settled soon.

      • tfaltin - Jan 31, 2013 at 8:47 AM

        It’s becoming pretty clear that the Av’s ownership considers winning secondary. From what we’ve seen so far, the injuries and poor play, Colorado is not going to win without their best two-way center in the lineup. It’s hard to question O’Reilly’s value to the club when you see their struggles in every zone. It’s time to pay the man and try to win some games.

  2. sabatimus - Jan 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Way to go Shanny.

  3. drewsylvania - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    How Stuart didn’t get a hearing is beyond me.

  4. juliath83 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:00 AM

    The Avs are a garbage, bottom-feeding franchise now. Long gone are the days of getting and keeping elite players. How many of our guys could crack most lineups? I doubt it’s half. Who was the last verifiable star to play here? Landy and Duchene have talent, but Kroenke penny-pinches on coaching and these guys will never live up to their potential. Never. It’s sad. No fan base deserves the ownership group Colorado has, because the Avs have literally no hope of getting better until Kroenke sells, which he never will. Avs are the new Clippers, I regret to say. Wearing a Avs hat will soon be regarded as ironic.

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