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ESPN's Katie Strang suggests that Nathan MacKinnon is the Colorado Avalanche's "Most Important Player":
The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native had a bit of a sophomore slump last season, though he was sidelined for significant time with a foot injury and played only 64 games for the Avs, finishing with 14 goals and 28 points. Part of that dip in production was indicative of the team’s struggles as a whole, as the Avs regressed and missed the playoffs. And let’s not forget that MacKinnon was plagued by an unsightly 6.33 percent shooting percentage, which seems like a fluke more than anything. The good news is he was still creating chances, finishing fifth overall in shots per 60 minutes (11.01) among those who played more than 200 minutes, according to hockeyanalysis.com.
With Mackinnon set to enter training camp healthy, his production will be essential this season, especially given the departure of two-way center Ryan O'Reilly. Though MacKinnon has played primarily on the wing since joining the Avs, center is his natural position, so he could provide flexibility for Colorado depending on how things shake out with the rest of their lineup.
Matt Duchene figures to slot in as the No. 1 center, with the Avs hopeful that newcomers Carl Soderberg and Mikhail Grigorenko can fill important roles down the middle as well. The Avs already know they can count on last season’s leading scorer, veteran winger Jarome Iginla, for production (he had 29 goals and 59 points) and for Gabriel Landeskog to be a key contributor.
NEW YORK (March 3, 2015) -- Colorado Avalanche forwards Cody McLeod and Gabriel Landeskog each have been fined the maximum amounts allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement for their respective actions during the final seconds of NHL Game No. 930 in Denver on Saturday, February 28, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
McLeod has been fined $3,091.40 for entering the game on a legal line change for the purpose of starting an altercation with 8.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Directly off a face-off at center ice, McLeod launched into a bodycheck against Minnesota center Mikael Granlund and then engaged in a fight with Wild forward Charlie Coyle. McLeod was assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, a major penalty for fighting and a misconduct penalty.
Landeskog has been fined $5,000 for throwing a punch at Minnesota forward Mikko Koivu while both players were on their respective benches with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation. Landeskog was assessed a misconduct penalty.
The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Watch the altercations below...
from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
“I’m very proud of our captain, the fight that he had,” Colorado coach Patrick Roy said. “I’m not saying it was for fighting. But he showed a lot of character out there. And we cannot lose a game where your captain does that. We have to find a way to win.”
more on the fight...
First the Winnipeg broadcast...
Below, the Colorado broadcast...
from Nick Groke of All Things Avs,
Gabe Landeskog may be looking at a suspension from the NHL after his hit against Corey Perry in the waning seconds of the Avalanche’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim in Colorado on Sunday.
Landeskog could receive a suspension in the neighborhood of 1-3 games, if we judge by recent penalties levied by the NHL....
On the hit, Landeskog approaches Perry in the corner of the Ducks’ zone. The problem with the hit was that Landeskog’s point of impact was Perry’s head. The Colorado captain rose up off his skates and delivered an elbow to Perry’s head.
Here is the hit and to me, Corey Perry did a bit of a sell job on the hit but I would agree with the charging call but nothing else.
The Avs play at home tomorrow against Vancouver and you would think they would have heard something from the league by now.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Lucic seemed to be making reference to a different set of rules for the NHL’s young stars when wondering why he was hit with a misconduct for a little pushing and shoving without throwing punches. Against an ordinary NHL plumber, Lucic wouldn’t expect any extra penalties in that type of exchange....
“[It was] just the grab from behind and the face ...just an altercation,” said Lucic, when asked started things between the two players. “I bet you if I would have pushed [Patrick] Bordeleau at the end of it, I don’t get ten minutes. So that’s what it is ...it is what it is.”
Bordeleau, of course, is the 6-foot-6 player that took a run at Dennis Seidenberg in the second period, and ended up dropping the gloves with Shawn Thornton in a brief, uneventful fight following the body check.
It seemed Landeskog had initiated the entire exchange by grabbing Lucic’s head from behind in a scrum in front of the net, but then twice the Bruins power forward threw the Avs youngster to the ice. Lucic had quickly tossed his gloves to the ice looking for a fight with the 205-pound winger, but Landeskog wanted no part of the fracas with one of the NHL’s most fearsome forwards.
Below is the game highlights via Sportsnet and does include the tussle...
from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with captain Gabriel Landeskog on a seven-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
"Gabe is and will continue to be a large part of the foundation of this hockey team for many years to come," said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe 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.”
Translated... Landeskpgs contract is worth 39 million dollars, more than a quarter of a billion Swedish kronor. It provides a wage ceiling hit on just over 5.5 million/sea.
Who knows what sort of bump Landeskog might have taken in the second or third period of that game to exacerbate his issues. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to watch the video up top and recognize that he was considerably the worse for wear after the Stuart hit; that he was allowed back in that game and is now sidelined is yet another black eye for the NHL.
-Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal where you can read more about this topic.
Adrain Dater of All Things Avs posted this video in his blog of Landeskog saying he thought it was a clean hit.
No penalty for the hit...
|15:40||San Jose||Brad Stuart: 5 minutes, fighting|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 2 minutes, instigator|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 2 minutes, instigator - face shield|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 5 minutes, fighting|
|15:40||Colorado||Ryan O'Byrne: 10 minutes, instigator - misconduct|
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Gabriel Landeskog has been named team captain. Landeskog was appointed captain by Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco after Milan Hejduk informed the coaching staff that he has relinquished his role.
Hejduk, who served as captain during the 2011-12 campaign, will remain as an assistant captain this upcoming season along with Paul Stastny.
According to available research, at 19 years, 286 days, Landeskog is the youngest captain in NHL history. He is 11 days younger than Sidney Crosby, who was 19 years, 297 days when he was named captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 31, 2007.
Landeskog becomes just the fourth captain in Colorado Avalanche history, joining Joe Sakic, Adam Foote and Hejduk. The Stockholm, Sweden native is the 11th captain in the history of the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise and only the third European-born, following Hejduk and Peter Stastny.
Andy Sutton received 2 for elbowing on the play. Is more discipline coming?
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
The rave notices continue to come in for Avs’ rookie Gabriel Landeskog. No less a hockey authority than former Stanley Cup-winning coach Ken Hitchcock said Landeskog reminds him of another former Swedish Avs forward.
“I’ve seen him play twice now live. He reminds me so much of Peter Forsberg in his ability to maneuver in small spaces,” said Hitchcock, who remains employed by the Columbus Blue Jackets as a consultant. “His strength and quickness in small spaces — I’m very impressed.”
NHL.com went all access with rookie Ryan Strome at the 2011 NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto. Watch the video. Strome also spoke at the showcase and said that he is enjoying himself with the guys and is having a good time taking a step back from competition before training camp starts.
Strome also took the time to attend a Toronto Blue Jays game with #2 overall pick Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalance. As you can tell by the video, Landeskog needs quite a tutorial on the game of baseball.