The Colorado Avalanche are looking forward to a new era, with guys like head coach Patrick Roy and executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic. However, they appear fully prepared to push ahead with the young core that was largely selected by the previous administration.
After Matt Duchene signed a five-year extension in July, 20-year-old team captain Gabriel Landeskog has agreed to a seven-year extension with the club. The Avalanche announced the contract, which will last through the 2020-21 season, on Thursday. Chris Johnston of Sportsnet reported that the contract is worth $39 million, which would make for an annual cap hit of just over $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 Sakic. "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."
"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."
Landeskog, who was named team captain in September of 2012, faced concussion problems during the 2012-13 season, but remains one of the league's bright young stars. His 17 points in 36 games follows up a 2011-12 season in which he won the Calder Trophy, and put up 52 points in 82 games.