Colorado Avalanche ahead Gabriel Landeskog won’t play throughout the 2023-24 common season, however there’s a glimmer of hope that he’ll have the ability to return sooner or later within the 2024 playoffs. He’ll miss the second consecutive season resulting from a knee cartilage transplant he needed to bear.
Avalanche basic supervisor Chris MacFarland was requested whether or not the veteran winger may be anticipated to return for the playoffs this 12 months.
“We’re hoping,” mentioned MacFarland, “There’s nonetheless a lot that must be gleaned on this, so it’s laborious to place a timeline on it.”
“He’s about 4 months (into his restoration), and he’s doing extremely nicely,” he added. “We miss a lot about what he brings, not simply by way of the targets and assists and energy play and penalty kill, however simply his presence within the room, being one in all our emotional-barometer guys. He’s going to overlook the common season, after which I wouldn’t guess in opposition to Gabriel Landeskog in something. If there’s someone that’s going to take care of what he’s coping with, with the precise perspective and willpower, it’s him. He’s our Viking.”
MacFarland appears fairly assured contemplating Landeskog is about to overlook two full seasons resulting from his lingering damage points. He most just lately performed throughout the 2021-22 season, scoring 30 targets and 59 factors in 51 video games. He additionally performed an enormous function within the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup championship run when he scored 11 targets and 22 factors in 20 playoff video games.
There may be additionally the query of if he’ll have the ability to regain his stride as soon as he does come again, whether or not that’s throughout the 2024 playoffs or in time for coaching camp in 2024-25. Landeskog has six years remaining on the eight-year, $56 million contract he signed with the Avalance, which started in 2021-22.