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Gabe Landeskog To Miss 12 Weeks Following Knee Surgery



Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avlanche

Some tough news this morning from Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar: his team’s captain, Gabe Landeskog, will miss the next three months following arthroscopic knee surgery.

Landeskog’s knee just hadn’t responded well enough over the summer and through training camp and the early part of the regular season. So, the decision was made to go under the knife again. He actually had the surgery yesterday in Minneapolis.

It’s a tough blow for the Avalanche, but as the saying goes: better to have something like this happen early in the season instead of late in the season.

“Certainly it’s up to other guys to step up,” Bednar said. “But we’ve got a good core of guys here. This part of the game. We just have to go without him, and hopefully everything will go (well) and he’ll be back in 12 weeks, for the stretch run.”

As long as Landeskog can come back ready to go for the second half, this story could still well have a happy ending. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, there were some murmurs that things just weren’t right with Landy and there some was some internal concern.

Gabe Landeskog had surgery on his knee at the tail end of last season, don’t forget. He gutted it out for the playoffs – and played great. But obviously there was a setback moving forward.

But, as another saying goes: It could have been worse.

An update on Darren Helm: He skated this morning in a non-contact jersey. Bednar said there is no concern that he, too, could have some kind of new surgery like Landeskog. That said, he still does not have a firm timetable on when he’ll return.

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