The situation surrounding Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog continues to bring intrigue to the NHL offseason, with the expansion draft and free agency rapidly approaching. Landeskog and the Avalanche were said to be far apart in contract talks recently, and Darren Dreger of TSN tweets this morning that there hasn’t been any movement.
Andy Strickland of Bally Sports Midwest tweets that the team’s last offer was in the $5-6MM range on an eight-year term, but that Landeskog is looking for much more than that. Strickland lists the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Vegas Golden Knights, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders and St. Louis Blues as teams that will show interest if Landeskog makes it to the open market.
There’s still time to work things out, and Landeskog could still return to Colorado after free agency opens, but there seems to be a sizable gap at the moment between what he believes he’ll get and what the Avalanche are willing to pay. The team must also save cap space for Cale Makar’s new deal and UFA goaltender Philipp Grubauer, if they intend to keep their core group together.
With protection lists submitted tomorrow and a transaction freeze coming into effect, the Avalanche will no longer have to worry about maneuvering for the expansion draft. At that point they will have just over ten days to negotiate with Landeskog before he gets to speak to the rest of the market. During that time, the Seattle Kraken will have a short window to negotiate with free agents, before the rest of the league is once again allowed to sign players on July 22. In this compressed offseason, timelines for managers are extremely tight, with sometimes only a few days to work out a deal. In Colorado, things do not appear to be progressing.
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