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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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