January 10, 2017
It is starting to sound that if the Colorado Avalanche are serious about trading away captain Gabriel Landeskog, they might have to wait until the off season to complete a deal.
Darren Dreger reported on tonight’s episode of Insider Trading for TSN that the Avalanche are looking for a “top-level defenseman, a first-round draft pick, plus” in return for Landeskog. The panel of Dreger, Pierre LeBrun and Bob McKenzie all agreed that general managers around the National Hockey League are balking at Joe Sakic’s asking price.
The 24-year-old Swedish born left winger is struggling mightily this season with just seven goal, 13 points, a -10 goal differential and a +12 Corsi rating in 29 games with the Avalanche. Landeskog is signed through the 2020-21 season and comes with a $5.571 million salary cap hit.
The combination of the cap hit and his low production this season is exactly why nobody wants to pay that high price. Landeskog set career highs in 2013-14 with 26 goals and 65 points and has four 20+ goal seasons in his career.
The thing is, Sakic does not have to trade Landeskog before the trade deadline on March 1 or at all, so they might as well ask for the world for him. It is doubtful someone will pay that price, but if they are willing to come down they might be able to find a dance partner at the NHL Entry Draft.