The Colorado Avalanche are the reigning Stanley Cup champions, and after such a dominating regular season and playoff last year, there are few who would be hard pressed to feel sorry for them at this point outside of their own fan base.
The Avs are about to be put to the test when it comes to their title defense, as they'll be without one of the biggest pieces of their squad for the foreseeable future. Captain Gabriel Landeskog
"'Landy' is dealing with an injury from last season, lower-body, and he's not ready to go," Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said Thursday. "We don't have a timetable yet for putting him on the ice."
"He won't skate anytime soon."
Landeskog, who was drafted with the 2nd overall pick by the Avalanche in the 2011 NHL Draft, scored 30 goals in just 51 games played last season, and eventually would help lead the Avs to their 1st Stanley Cup championship since 2001 by scoring 11 goals in 20 postseason games.
Last offseason, he signed a lengthy contract with an AAV of $7 million through 2029.