NHL: No retirement in plans for Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog won’t retire, but he’s not ready to put a timetable on his return to the ice.

Landeskog has not played since the 2021-22 season, his last appearance coming in Game 6 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, when he helped the Avalanche win their first title since 2001.

Before the start of the 2022-23 season, Landeskog underwent a knee procedure that ruled him out of the opening months of the campaign. However, he did not return to play and underwent a cartilage graft to his right knee in May 2023, which caused him to miss the entire 2023-2024 season.

He started skating again in January, but didn’t seem close to returning to full workouts.

“I’ve been feeling really good for two months straight, without any setbacks, major or minor,” Landeskog assured during the team’s end-of-season review.
Landeskog explains that the rehabilitation of his knee was not easy and that he had to be patient.

“What I’m doing is basically laying the foundation for my new skating technique with a new piece in my knee,” he explained.

In 2021-22, he has 30 goals and 59 points in 51 regular season games. In the playoffs, he had 11 goals and 22 points.

Five seasons remain on Landeskog’s eight-year, $56 million contract, which earns an average annual salary of $7 million.

In 738 career NHL games, the Stockholm, Sweden native has scored 248 goals and 571 points, all with the Avalanche.

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