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Landeskog greets, makes sign for Rantanen in return to practice

Avalanche captain welcomed back forward who signed six-year contract

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Mikko Rantanen returned to practice Monday, and Gabriel Landeskog couldn't wait to greet him.

The Colorado Avalanche captain waited in the parking lot to welcome back the newly signed forward outside the team's practice facility in Englewood, Colorado.

Rantanen had been a restricted free agent but agreed to a six-year contract with Colorado on Saturday. Landeskog made a sign that said "Welcome Home, Mikko," then threw it down after seeing his linemate to rush him and give him a hug.

Tweet from @Avalanche: HI MIKKO #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/qRknPgLE86

Landeskog might've been the first to greet Rantanen, but the rest of the team jumped at the chance to say hi to Colorado's second-leading scorer from 2018-19. Rantanen looked ecstatic to be back too.

Tweet from @Avalanche: No better way to welcome Mikko home...🥰 #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/sVOZGJubtd

Rantanen expects to be on Colorado's top line with Landeskog and center Nathan MacKinnon when the Avalanche open their season against the Calgary Flames on Thrusday (9 p.m. ET; ALT, SNW).

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