Landeskog signs eight-year contract to stay with Avalanche


Gabriel Landeskog signed an eight-year contract on Tuesday to stay with the Colorado Avalanche. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 28-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday. He scored 52 points (20 goals, 32 assists) in 54 regular-season games last season and 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Selected by Colorado with the No. 2 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Landeskog has scored 512 points (218 goals, 294 assists) in 687 regular-season games and 45 points (16 goals, 29 assists) in 49 playoff games.

Landeskog is sixth in goals, seventh in games played and eighth in points in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history. He has been Avalanche captain for nine seasons.

The Avalanche captain won the 2011-12 Calder Trophy voted NHL rookie of the year after he scored 52 points (22 goals, 30 assists).

On July 14, Landeskog told The Athletic he was disappointed with the negotiations.

“The uncertainty is something I’ve never dealt with,” Landeskog told the website. “I’ve always known that come September, October, I’m going to pull on that Avs jersey.

“I can’t help but be honest with you that I’m a little bit disappointed that it’s gotten this far and it’s had to come to this point.”

On July 24, Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said they were trying to re-sign Landeskog and goalie Philipp Grubauer before each became an unrestricted free agent. The Avalanche re-signed defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year, $54 million contract (average annual value of $9 million) Saturday. Makar could have become a restricted free agent.

“Both Philipp and Gabe, our captain, we’re hopeful that we can come to terms as well and have them signed to be a part of us as well,” Sakic said. “I won’t comment on the negotiations. They’re still going on. We still have time.”

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