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."