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Back And Forth On Gabriel Landeskog

from Mike Chambers and Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Kiz: Has the Avalanche taken its captain for granted? General manager Joe Sakic left Gabe Landeskog exposed in the NHL expansion draft, hoping to sign his 28-year-old winger to a new team-friendly contract in free agency. Landy is loyal to a fault. But nobody likes to feel under-appreciated. I’d be surprised if Landeskog’s next game is in a Seattle Kraken sweater. But I’m beginning to worry his 10-year run with Colorado just might be done. What about you?

Chambers: Kraken GM Ron Francis is probably deep in his recruiting pitch to Gabe and his wife right now, having exclusive interview and negotiating rights with all the big free agents who weren’t protected. That’s what this has come to — a four-day opportunity for Seattle to recruit its first captain and make Gabe realize he can make $8 million annually and have a chance to win immediately. I think the Avs are betting Gabe takes less money and lesser term to remain in Colorado, where he knows he can win, but exposing their ideal captain to an expansion team that needs a leader is a dangerous game.

Kiz: I got the impression during the playoffs Landeskog was starting to grow weary of being considered a replaceable part on a Colorado roster where Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar are set up to be the big-name, big-money stars.

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Report- UFA Gabriel Landeskog Will Have An Exclusive Window To Sign With The Seattle Kraken

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche will omit left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog from its expansion-draft protective list when it’s released Sunday morning, according to  a league source. The move will give the Seattle Kraken exclusive rights to recruit the pending unrestricted free agent long before free agency opens July 28.

It will also allow the Avalanche to protect another forward.

All potential free agents left unprotected for the expansion draft can exclusively interview and potentially sign a contract with the Kraken between Sunday morning and Wednesday night’s expansion draft. If Seattle and Landeskog agree to a deal before the draft, Landeskog would count as the Kraken’s one selection from the Avalanche.

Landeskog, 28, is presumably looking for a long-term deal with an annual cap hit of more than $7 million — and $49 million over seven years is probably what he wants. The Avs, meanwhile, are more likely coming in around $30 million over five years ($6 million annual cap hit) — hoping that their nine-year captain and 10-year player accepts a home-town discount.

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Is Gabriel Landeskog Going To Join The UFA Rank?

from TSN,

While things can change quickly, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports there has not been any movement lately in contract talks between the Colorado Avalanche and captain Gabriel Landeskog.

The update comes two days after Landeskog told The Athletic he was "disappointed" to still be without a contract as he approaches unrestricted free agency on July 28.

“I can’t help but be honest with you that I’m a little bit disappointed that it’s gotten this far and it’s had to come to this point,” Landeskog said.

Landeskog had 20 goals and 52 points in 54 games this season, adding four goals and 13 points in 10 playoff games.

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The New Jersey Devils Trade Mikhail Maltsev To The Colorado Avalanche For Ryan Graves

New Jersey Devils Press Release

The New Jersey Devils today acquired defenseman Ryan Graves from Colorado in exchange for forward Mikhail Maltsev and New Jersey’s second-round pick (#61, previously acquired from NY Islanders) in the 2021 NHL Draft.  The 6'5", 220lb. blueliner has two years left on his contract with an average-annual value of $3,166,667.

"Ryan brings physicality, size, an ability to defend in tough situations and a fearless compete level that makes him tough to play against,” said New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.  “His assertive style of play and ability to play with young defensemen are characteristics that fit into what we are building with our group.”

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Gabriel Landeskog On Free Agency

from TSN, 

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog told The Athletic he's "disappointed" to still be unsigned with free agency just 14 days away. 

Landeskog's comments were published Wednesday, one day after TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported the two sides were "not even close in their negotiations."

“I can’t help but be honest with you that I’m a little bit disappointed that it’s gotten this far and it’s had to come to this point,” Landeskog said.

Landeskog had 20 goals and 52 points in 54 games this season, adding four goals and 13 points in 10 playoff games. The 28-year-old winger told The Athletic that he would have preferred to have not played out a contract year. 

“We’ll see what happens,” Landeskog added. “I’m still hopeful that we can agree on something and come to terms, but if it was up to me, I would have liked it to be done eight months ago, 10 months ago.”

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UFA Goaltender Phillipp Grubauer Wants To Stay In Denver

from Sean Keeler of the Denver Post,

OK, then, Grubi, what say you? Sticking around? Are the Avalanche your top choice on the open market?

“One-hundred percent,” the Avs goaltender and unrestricted free agent offered Sunday, in between practice hacks for the Major League Baseball All-Star Celebrity Softball Game. “One-hundred percent.”

“I think we have an incredible team next year, too,” Grubi continued. “(General manager) Joe (Sakic) and (Assistant general manager Chris MacFarland), they always do a great job putting a team together that’s performing at a high level and playing in the playoffs. And I want to be a part of that.”

“Everything is uncertain right now, every team is waiting for the expansion draft,” the Avs’ netminder stressed. “I would love to stay in Denver. Denver has become home. I love the team, love the organization. So it would be nice to work something out.”

It would be. And yet …

Game 6.

Expletive, expletive Game 6.

Grubi said he’s moved on from the playoff loss against Vegas.

So why the heck can’t we?

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Talking The Colorado Avalanche

from the Denver Post,

In this Avalanche roundtable, beat writer Mike Chambers, columnist Mark Kiszla and staff writer Ryan O’Halloran address five questions about the Avs’ postseason and offseason:

1. After the Avalanche was eliminated by Vegas on Thursday, center Nathan MacKinnon was asked about 2021-22 and the team’s window and said: “I’m going into my ninth year next year and haven’t won (squat).” A frustrated star player after a collapse or was he sending a message to management that the Avs better not run it back with this group?

Mike Chambers: I think MacKinnon really liked this group and was frustrated like everyone about how the Avs couldn’t play their game after the first period of Game 2 through most of Game 4. But perhaps he was thinking about something he thought the team should have added at the trade deadline and did not — probably more heaviness knowing forward Matt Calvert and defenseman Erik Johnson would not return.

Mark Kiszla: I’m beginning to get the same vibe from MacKinnon I felt from John Elway after his early disappointments in the Super Bowl. Elway got to the point where he wanted more say in how the Broncos did their business. Joe Sakic and the Avalanche might be wise to treat MacKinnon more like a partner than an employee going forward. But as talented as he is, I also think MacKinnon tends to be a bit of a diva. Approaching his 26th birthday, MacK is no Kid. It might be time for him to grow up a bit as a leader.

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Videos- Wrapping Up Vegas/Colorado

1:39 to watch the quick highlights and below view Nathan MacKinnon's post-game remarks.

 

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The Vegas Golden Knights Return To The Semi-Finals

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

As the Vegas Golden Knights celebrated their third trip to the National Hockey League’s final four in the past four years, Dunnville, Ont., native Peter DeBoer — himself a 12th round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs back in 1988 — managed to find some Canadian perspective for the anomaly that are the expansion Golden Knights.

“It’s so hard to win,” began DeBoer. “Everybody talks about winning the Stanley Cup. I’m an Ontario guy, I watch the Toronto Maple Leafs closely, I was drafted by the Leafs, always been a fan of the franchise… They haven’t got out of the first round in what? Seventeen years? And that’s a good franchise, well coached.

“What these men here [in Vegas] have accomplished is unreal.”

Ironically, it is the Colorado Avalanche who have taken up residence in Done-ville. They lost Game 6 on Thursday by a 6-3 score, swept in six by Vegas.

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Columnist Reacts To The Series Loss By The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

As the Avalanche team he built again crumbled in the NHL playoffs under the rubble of unfulfilled potential, antsy general manager Joe Sakic had trouble staying in his seat at T-Mobile Arena.

Colorado crapped out in Vegas, losing 6-3 to the Golden Knights here late Thursday.

Hey, Super Joe. We all feel your pain. So pardon me if this is too soon to ask:

How much longer are you going to just stand there as your oh-so-pretty Avs repeatedly fail in their quest for the Stanley Cup because they’re not gritty enough?...

So let’s allow 24 hours of mourning for a team just beautiful enough to break your heart.

Then Sakic needs to look in the mirror and admit major changes need to be made before this group can win a championship....

It starts with the dismissal of coach Jared Bednar. When he needed to make strategic adjustments, Bednar instead tried to shame his players into fighting for every inch of ice. The problem? These Avs are lovers, not fighters. They are pageant material, not championship material....

Goalie Philipp Grubauer deserves a polite golf clap as a Vezina Trophy finalist. But instead of saving the Avalanche’s bacon in Game 6, he threw teammates into the fire. Allowing five goals on 22 shots (not counting the final empty-netter) in an elimination game? That’s simply unacceptable....

And these sweet-skating Avs would win the Ice Capades, but they haven’t learned the most basic rule of playoff hockey: Backcheck. Forecheck. Paycheck.

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How about some Adrian Dater? (Watch below first then go to his recent tweets)

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