The Colorado Avalanche today announced the signing of team captain Gabriel Landeskog to a seven-year, $39 million contract extension.

Gabriel Landeskog inks a lucrative 7-year extension with the Avalanche.

Gabriel Landeskog inks a lucrative 7-year extension with the Avalanche.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Landeskog, 20, has one year remaining on his entry-level contract, so his new deal (worth an average annual cap hit of $5.571 million) kicks in for 2014-15. It’s a bold move by the Avs new management (let’s face it, Joe Sakic runs the show now, with an assist from new coach Patrick Roy). avoiding a “bridge deal”  and instead locking up their captain long term.

Landeskog netted 52 points and won the Calder Trophy as the top NHL rookie in 2012, but was limited by injury (concussion) to only 17 points in 36 games last season. He’s unquestionably a skilled winger with significant upside, who could go on to become an NHL star.

Still, there are some concerns, notably the recent concussion and how Landeskog will rebound this coming season.  There was chatter late last season many of the Avs were more interested in their season-ending trip to Las Vegas than in their remaining games, which does raise some questions about his being the team captain at such a young age.

Should Landeskog shake off the injury concerns and questions about his leadership, he could prove well worth this lengthy deal, especially if he helps lift the Avalanche back into perennial playoff contention.

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3 Responses to Avalanche sign Landeskog to Seven-Year Deal.

  1. Peterman says:

    The party boy was Shane ‘Vegas’ O’Brien and he got shipped straight out of town. Sacco didn’t respect veterans enough and subsequently lost the lockerroom. I suspect Roy will have a different voice and level of respect. Maybe Landy was a little young and new to be captain, but everyone’s a year older now and there’s a new attitude with this team. I’m very excited.

  2. The Flying V says:

    I think thus will turn into an absolute bargain for the avs. A gamble yes, but one where the payoff will be huge.

  3. 49GiantSharkWarriors says:

    Good for him. That hit he took from Stuart was brutal, but he took it like a champ and didn’t complain. I would take him on my team any day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3uKg7vZl8I

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