Like many 19-year-olds, Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog is without a job. The Rookie-of-the-Year and Avalanche leading point scorer has decided to stick out the NHL Lockout in Denver for the time being, in hopes of a swift resolution. There were rumors that Landeskog would return to his home country of Sweden or head to the American Hockey League (AHL).
According to Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, Landeskog had this to say about the lockout:
“No one wanted this, especially the players,” Landeskog said. “But the owners — it’s their call. We’re ready to give up some things here and there and have already expressed that to the owners, but they’re not willing to give anything, really, which is really disappointing on our side. A lockout is their way to negotiate, I guess. It’s the third time now.”
Landeskog is in Denver for the time being with many teammates including: Paul Stastny, David Jones, Matt Duchene and Jan Hejda. Despite the false belief that it snows in Colorado a lot, Landeskog can enjoy a nice fall as the owners stew in their lockout.
The NHL Owners canceled the remaining pre-season games and the Colorado Avalanche opening night, October 11, against the St. Louis Blues, will be the next thing terminated by the league. The rest of the season will be cut off in chunks until the owners decide to cancel everything.
The players and owners are supposed to meet this weekend in New York to discuss issues. For Landeskog, he is part of a new generation of hockey players that did not sit through the last lockout. However, union head Donald Fehr has united the NHLPA in ways never seen before in the NHL. Landeskog may be stuck in Colorado for a long and temperate winter.