Avalanche captain Landeskog signs 7-year extension

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Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is the latest youngster to receive a very long-term deal. (AP Photo)

The Colorado Avalanche are entering a new era starting in 2013-14. Former goalie Patrick Roy is the team’s new head coach, and they used the number one overall pick on center Nathan MacKinnon, who figures to be a face of the franchise going forward.

But for now, the face of the Avalanche is Gabriel Landeskog. Last season, Landeskog was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche at 19 years and 286 days, making him the youngest captain of an NHL team ever. Now, he has a brand new extension to stay captain for the foreseeable future.

Per TSN, Landeskog has agreed to a seven-year extension with the Avalanche. The deal will pay Landeskog $39 million, with an average annual value of roughly $5.6 million. That’s a bargain for a guy who has 31 goals and 69 points in 118 NHL games, and will only get better over time. Landeskog will make $3.575 million in the last year of his rookie deal before the extension kicks in.

The Avalanche made a smart move locking up their captain before he got the opportunity to be a restricted free agent. The team suffered through an ugly holdout with forward Ryan O’Reilly, which ended with the team matching Calgary’s offer sheet for two years and $10 million.

Landeskog is the latest in a line of young players receiving deals for longer terms with average annual values that could be bargains in the later years if the players continue to progress. Winnipeg lead the way with three such deals for forwards Blake Wheeler (6 years, $33.6 million) and Bryan Little (5 years, $23.5 million), and defenseman Zach Bogosian (7 years, $36 million). Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic got 7 years and $27 million, and Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh received 6 years and $28.2 million.

Patrick Roy has a boatload of young talent to work with in Colorado, and with his captain under contract for eight more years, maybe the Avalanche will start to find some organizational continuity.

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