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Landeskog, Avalanche have 'started a dialogue' on contract extension

Forward scored 44 points last season, has one year remaining on current deal

by Tracey Myers @Tramyers_NHL / Staff Writer

Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche have begun discussions on a contract extension, general manager Joe Sakic said Monday.

"Actually, back in Edmonton (during the Stanley Cup Playoffs), we started a dialogue," Sakic said. "Obviously, right now there's a lot going on. We'll revisit that. We'd like to have something done during the year, but if it has to go through the year, we're confident we have a pretty good relationship with Gabe and that we'll be able to figure something out by next year."

Landeskog, a 27-year-old forward who has one season remaining on the seven-year contract he signed with the Avalanche on Aug. 15, 2013, scored 44 points (21 goals, 23 assists) in 54 games last season. He scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 14 postseason games for Colorado, which was eliminated in the Western Conference Second Round by the Dallas Stars in seven games.

Selected by the Avalanche with the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Landeskog has scored 460 points (198 goals, 262 assists) in 633 regular-season games and 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Landeskog has been Colorado's captain since Sept. 4, 2012, when he became at the time the youngest captain in NHL history at 19 years, 286 days (Connor McDavid was 20 days younger when he was named captain of the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 5, 2016). 

"Right now, I think everyone's figuring out where the landscape is going to be in the next few years," Sakic said. "The dialogue is going to continue, so hopefully we'll be able to extend."

It's been a busy offseason already for the Avalanche. On Oct. 10, they re-signed forwards Andre Burakovsky and Valeri Nichushkin, each to a two-year contract, and acquired forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks for defensemen Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm. 

On Monday, the Avalanche signed Ryan Graves to a three-year contract. The 25-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent and filed for salary arbitration on Oct. 10, to a three-year contract.

Sakic said they extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Tyson Jost, who they hope to sign to a two-year contract. 

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