It looks like the new captain of the Colorado Avalanche plans on sticking around, at least for the forseeable future. Despite likely interest from several clubs in Europe, Gabriel Landeskog will not be making the jump overseas just yet.
Several players around the NHL have already been bolting off to locations in Europe, and especially to Russia, to play elsewhere during the lockout. We’ve already seen some pretty high profile names head off, but the new face of the Avalanche doesn’t plan on joining them as of right now.
Clubs throughout Europe were/are expected to have interest in bringing the Sweden native aboard at some point during the lockout, including clubs in Norway, as well as in his home country. However, those hopes will have to wait.
Landeskog has no immediate plans of playing elsewhere right now. Though clubs have interest, he has said that he has not actually had dialogue with any team since the lockout began last Saturday. For now, he’ll likely workout and practice in Denver, probably with some teammates, new and old.
Some folks that have remained in North America have been participating in informal practices, as well as with some of their old junior teams up in Canada. This is the route that many fans, as well as front offices, may prefer for their players, given the injury risk that comes along with playing overseas.
You have to respect the decision from Landeskog to stick around for a bit. With so many players so eager to rush off and join new clubs around the world, he’s at least being patient with the process and holding out some hope of the lockout coming to an end soon. However unrealistic that might be.
One thing that is intriguing about his situation, is that the Avs did not send him to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. Several young players joined their affiliates at the end of last week, but Landeskog did not. One has to wonder as to the thinking behind that one.