Colorado Avalanche place Gabriel Landeskog on injured reserve

Doug Pensinger

The Avs captain is headed to injured reserve as he continues to work through a head injury resulting from a hit by San Jose's Brad Stuart.

The Colorado Avalanche have placed captain Gabriel Landeskog on injured reserve after suffering a head injury resulting from a questionable hit by San Jose's Brad Stuart on Jan. 26, according to NHL.com.

Landeskog was hit with a devastating blow by Stuart while skating with the puck up the left wing through neutral ice and struggled to get to the bench following the hit. The 2011-2012 Calder Cup winner returned to the game, however, playing more than 18 minutes after returning from from the hit.

"I thought it was a hard hit. I haven't seen it but I think it was a clean hit or felt like a clean hit," Landeskog said after the game. "It was hard, that much I could tell you. I was reaching for the puck and didn't brace myself enough, Stuart stepped up and that's the way hockey always is. It was a big one. I knew he was there, but I didn't think he was coming at me. Then he came and I saw him at the last second but not nearly early enough.

"I felt fine. I was a little weak at first but I was able to take care of it after getting some ice in here [dressing room]. I felt fine after that."

Landeskog has not played since that game against the Sharks and has one goal and one point in four games this season. The Avalanche take on the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

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