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Landeskog signs seven-year extension with Avs

Aug 15, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center on January 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-1.
(January 21, 2013 - Source: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Colorado Avalanche have signed captain Gabriel Landeskog to a seven-year extension that will keep him under contract through the 2020-21 season.

The deal is reportedly worth $39 million (cap hit $5.57 million).

“Gabe is and will continue to be a large part of the foundation of this hockey team for many years to come,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic in a release. “Signing our captain to a long-term extension demonstrates the commitment of Stan and Josh Kroenke to this franchise and to our fan base. In just two seasons, Gabe has already proven to be a great asset to our organization both on and off the ice. The fact that he has agreed to a long-term deal shows that he believes in this team, his teammates and the direction of this franchise moving forward.”

Landeskog was the second overall pick in the 2011 draft and was the NHL’s rookie of the year for the 2011-12 season.

The 20-year-old winger did, however, have a challenging 2013 season, scoring just 17 points in 36 games while missing time with a concussion.

“I would like to thank the Kroenke family and the entire Avalanche organization for their trust and belief in me,” Landeskog said. “I love Colorado and I love being a part of this wonderful community. There is no other place I’d rather be than in Denver wearing the Avalanche logo. I am looking forward to training camp and the upcoming season.”

  1. govtminion - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Damned fine move by the Avs. Normally I’m a bit wary of long contracts for guys still in their first couple of years- sometimes you get a Crosby, sometimes you get a Seguin. But this seems like a pretty safe bet on this kid. Glad to hear he’ll be around for the next several years. Starting to see signs that the Avs might be on the rise again, and that’s very good news.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      7 years isn’t too long for a guy that young.
      And I believe the contract is remaining RFA years bought out plus 1 or 2 of his UFA years.

  2. thailer35 - Aug 15, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Great move by the Av’s. Seems like he should be not only a great player going foward, but also a great locker room guy and community leader.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 15, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    Right now, it appears as if the Atlantic conference may be the best/toughest. But I’m seeing several young teams building in the central. As a Hawks fan I hope to see the “blance of strength” progressively shift to the central so we can see quality hockey on an ongoing basis!

    • lordfletcher - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      more than likely the cup will not be won by anyone in that conference for at least a few years… so I wouldn’t say its the strongest

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:42 PM

        Cup winning is not an “exclusive criteria” for division, which is more important than ever before, or do you just normally offer trite/cheap comments without thinking thru the implications? How about the challenges in being making a division’s playoff? What a lot of folks have not grasped is that the whole playoff approached changed starting this year.

        What I’m saying is that it will likely be harder to be one of the 4 in the Atlantic division next year than any other. Think about it. Bruins, Sens, Leafs, Habs and Wings. Going to be an odd team out. Eastern conference s divisions now hav 8 teams per division, WC divisions will only have 7. DUMB structure, but it is now what it is.

        There is now a division playoff and championship before the conference finals and SC Finals.

  4. joeyashwi - Aug 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Is this a good move by Colorado? More than likely. Have the owners learned anything at all from three lockouts? Probably not.

  5. jacketsfan7 - Aug 15, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Atlantic conference?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Aug 15, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      He may have been confused as the NHLs original proposal for realignment included 4 conferences. If it’s not that then Idk what he meant.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 15, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Guys, I make occasional mistakes like everyone else – and this was not one of them

      http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/teams/

  6. tru2joelu4eva - Aug 15, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Schwing! i have to say i’m very surprised and pleased by how aggressive roy and sakic have been. this whole thing might just be crazy enough to work, eh?

  7. mrhyperpants - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Good move by the Avs. But still feel we need a senior player as captain to lead these young boys.

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