Landeskog signed an eight-year contract worth $56 million with the Avalanche on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. It took until just about the deadline for Landeskog to sign a deal at maximum term to stick with the Avalanche. The 28-year-old enjoyed one of his strongest seasons last year, racking up 20 goals and 52 points in only 54 contests. The Swede will likely continue in his top-six role with linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, which should maintain Landeskog's value as a solid early-to-mid-round option at left wing.
Landeskog has not signed with Seattle ahead of Wednesday night's Expansion Draft, so he won't be selected by the Kraken, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports. Landeskog has made it pretty clear that his preference is to remain with the Avalanche, so it isn't surprising to hear he wasn't able to come to terms on a handshake deal with the Kraken prior to Wednesday night's Expansion Draft. With Landeskog off the table, Joonas Donskoi appears to be the leading Colorado candidate to get snagged by Seattle.
Landeskog was not included on the Avalanche's protection list ahead of the Seattle expansion draft, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. With negotiations between Landeskog and the Avalanche not particularly close at this time, it makes sense the team left the unrestricted free agent off the protection list. The Kraken will be allowed an exclusive negotiation period with Landeskog and all other free agents prior to Wednesday's expansion draft, although it's unclear if there is any mutual interest between the two parties at this time. The Swede put up 20 goals and 52 points in 54 contests last season.
Landeskog posted a power-play assist, five shots on goal, two hits and a minus-2 rating in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights in Game 6. Landeskog helped out on a Mikko Rantanen tally 3:47 into the second period. The 28-year-old Landeskog finished the postseason with 13 points, 23 shots on net, 32 hits and a plus-1 rating in 10 contests. He had just two helpers in the last five games versus Vegas after a three-point burst in Game 1. The Avalanche's captain is eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer.
Landeskog notched a power-play assist, seven hits and two PIM in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights in Game 3. Landeskog drew the secondary helper on Mikko Rantanen's goal in the third period. The 28-year-old Landeskog saw his seven-game point streak end in a 3-2 win in Game 2, but it didn't take him long to get back on the scoresheet. The Swede has racked up 12 points (four goals, eight assists), 17 shots on net and 19 hits through seven playoff outings.
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