It comes with somewhat of a surprise that the Colorado Avalanche and captain Gabriel Landeskog are “not even close” in contract talks. This now leads us to speculate that Landeskog hitting the open market is now a possibility. Now realistically any team with the cap space to hand over a contract with an AAV in the $8-$10 million range should be at least looking into the possibility of signing the 28-year old Swede.
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St Louis Blues
The Blues could find themselves in a very busy offseason. Just last week it was reported that Vladimir Tarasenko requested a trade. So while the Blues are trying to find a trade partner for Tarasenko they now have the potential to replace him with Landeskog. The Blues are all ready to make a full pitch effort to sign Landeskog if he does hit the open market.
The money already makes sense from a St. Louis standpoint. They owe Tarasenko $7.5 million each of the next two years and if they replace that with the roughly $9 million they would give Landeskog they would still have $15 million in cap space for their remaining free agents. Imagine a top line of Landeskog-O’Reilly-Perron. That is a top line that can help get you back to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Los Angeles Kings
The LA Kings are in the perfect spot to make a splash this offseason. They already traded for Viktor Arvidsson to help boost the top-six forward group and they have the potential to add more. They have just under $15 million in cap space but they also have 11 forwards, 8 defensemen, and 2 goalies under contract for next year (Cap Friendly).
The Kings number one target before the Landeskog news was Jack Eichel. But if Eichel falls through then the Kings should try and get Landeskog to LA. A revamped first line of Landeskog-Kopitar-Arvidsson doesn’t sound too shabby. Especially with all the young talent that the Kings have. Jack Eichel would be a great get for them. But there is the possibility they can sign Landeskog instead of trading away guys like Byfield, Vilardi, or Turcotte in a potential Eichel deal. If they could pull that off then this is just the beginning for this Kings team with mountains of potential.
Option one is a team that is going through a quick re-tool. Option two is a team that is in the middle of a rebuild trending in the right direction. Now we have option three which would be to basically start from scratch. But there is still some intrigue to it. It may not be the sexiest destination but Landeskog would instantly become the fan-favorite in Seattle and would more than likely be the first captain in Kraken history.
We all saw what Vegas was able to do in their first season in the league. Now Seattle will have it a bit more difficult but they will still have a pool of NHL talent to pick from. A signing of Landeskog maybe gets the attention of another free agent or two that want to build up hockey in Seattle. The expansion draft will set the tone for the Kraken this offseason and their haul may be enticing enough for Landeskog to jumpstart hockey in Seattle.
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