The Colorado Avalanche have some great news for the fans and for the future of thefranchise on Thursday. Captain Gabriel Landeskog and the Avs have agreed to a seven-year contract extension that will last through the 2020-2021 season. The deal is believed to worth $39 million over the duration of the 7 years.
It wasn't long ago that the 20-year-old signed his first contract with the Avalanche. Just two years ago, the Avalanche took Landeskog with the 2nd overall pick in the 2011 draft.
Landeskog was very excited about the deal.
"I would like to thank the Kroenke family and the entire Avalanche organization for their trust and belief in me," Landeskog said. "I love Colorado and I love being a part of this wonderful community. There is no other place I'd rather be than in Denver wearing the Avalanche logo. I am looking forward to training camp and the upcoming season."
Landeskog has made an immediate impact for the Avalanche since getting to the NHL. In his first season, he would be recognized as the rookie of the year and awarded the Calder Trophy. In September, the Avalanche would make Landeskog the youngest captain in NHL history at 19 years and 286 days. In just under a season and a half, Landeskog has scored 31 goals and 38 assists for the team.
Lead by Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, the Avalanche front office appear to be building a strong foundation for upcoming years with locking up Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene longterm this offseason. It may still take a year or two for the Avs to get back to serious contention, but at least they're on the right path now.