Gabriel Landeskog re-signs for eight years to remain with the Avalanche –

May 13, 2021; Denver, Colorado, United States; Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog (92) before the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The 10-year marriage continues. Even if it looked like it was headed for a bitter breakup.

The Avalanche have re-signed captain and 10-year veteran Gabriel Landeskog for an eight-year, $56 million contract extension. The deal was announced just 23 minutes before the 10pm MT MT deadline for Landeskog to sign a maximum eight-year term at the Avs.

It will have an average annual value of $7 million. Landeskog will have a full no-movement clause for the first four years of the contract and a modified no-trade clause for the last four years of the contract.

“We are thrilled that our captain has signed a long-term contract,” Avs chief executive Joe Sakic said late Tuesday. “Gabe is the heart and soul of this team and an integral part of our organization, both on the ice and in the community. He’s the perfect leader, a great teammate.”

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Landeskog, 28, was with the Avs throughout his NHL career and captained the team for nine years. In 2021 he collected 20 goals and 52 points in 54 games.

Negotiations between the two sides have taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks after Landeskog publicly expressed his frustration and displeasure with the direction of the negotiations to the organization.

“The uncertainty is something I’ve never dealt with,” Landeskog told The Athletic two weeks ago. “I have always known that in September, October I will put on the Avs jersey. I can’t help but be honest that I’m a little bit disappointed that it came to this and it had to come to this.”

Rumors circulated that the two teams were at a standstill and that the Avalanche was sticking to both tenure and salary. Things got even more contentious when Colorado left its captain vulnerable to Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft last week.

Landeskog had a brief conversation with Seattle that didn’t mean much and the Kraken selected Avs forward Joonas Donskoi instead.

The St. Louis Blues, New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings were among the teams interested in Landeskog’s services should he have made it free.

Drafted runner-up overall in 2011, Landeskog was a warrior for the Avs. When the team faltered in 2017 and had a horrendous 48-point season, Landeskog made it clear he wanted to rebuild and be part of the solution. He wanted to stay when others wanted to go.

For the past four years, Landeskog has played as a left winger on one of the NHL’s best lines. He was one-third of an impressive combination that includes superstar center Nathan MacKinnon and right winger Mikko Rantanen.

“Alongside MacKinnon and Rantanen, (Gabe) is one of the best lines in the NHL over the past four seasons,” Sakic said. “We look forward to having Landy in an Avalanche sweater for many years to come.”

Led by that line, the Avs have become one of the most exciting teams in the league and are considered Stanley Cup favorites for the foreseeable future.

Landeskog’s performance peaked in 2018-19 – the last full NHL season of 82 games – when he had 31 goals and 75 points in 73 games.

In 687 games with the Avalanche, Landeskog ranks among the best in most scoring categories in franchise history (including the Quebec Nordiques). He is eighth in points (512), sixth in goals (218) and 11thth in assists (294). Landeskog’s 61 power play goals and 38 game-winning goals are also the seventh-best in franchise history.

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Aarif Deen is our beat reporter for Colorado Avalanche. He streams Avs games live from the Ball Arena and attends daily practices, media availability and other events related to the Avs. He is also the co-host of the “Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche” podcast. Deen joined Mile High Sports after completing his bachelor’s degree in journalism and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Prior to Mile High Sports, Deen worked for the Michigan Wolverines Athletics Department as Assistant Sports Information Director.

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