Friday, August 16, 2013

Gabriel Landeskog Agrees on Extension with Colorado Avalanche

The 2011-12 Calder Memorial Trophy winner, Gabriel Landeskog, agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the Colorado Avalanche, according to ESPN.  The 20 year-old winger is making $925,000 through the 2013-14 season, with annual bonuses that makes his per season cap hit $3.575 million.  His new contract will pay him an annual salary of $5,571,429 through the 2020-21 season according to Cap Geek. Landeskog has shown much offensive prowess since taking to the NHL ice after his selection by Colorado as the number two overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.  He has averaged .58 points in the regular season over 118 games with the Avalanche.

As Mike Chambers writes in the Denver Post, Landeskog becomes the face of the franchise with this contract.  As quoted in the Post article, Landeskog says of his new deal:
"I wanted a long-term deal. I want to stay in Denver. I want to win a Cup in Denver," Landeskog said in a phone interview from his hometown of Stockholm.

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