The Colorado Avalanche got the clarity they needed with the injury to Gabriel Landeskog on Tuesday morning, even if it’s not the news they wanted to hear.
The organization announced that Landeskog is expected to miss the entire 2023-24 season, as he will be undergoing surgery tomorrow (May 10) on his right knee. The actual surgery itself is going to be a cartilage transplant, and will be performed by Dr. Brian Cole at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.
Both Landeskog and general manager Chris MacFarland will meet with the media in a few hours to discuss the surgery and what it means for the Captain and the franchise.
Clarity around the entire situation is good news, perhaps the only good news there is. The Avalanche now head into the summer knowing that they have an extra $7 million in cap space to use, as opposed to hoping that Landeskog will be back. In an ideal situation, Landeskog would return, but we’ll get more information from them this afternoon if that’s even a possibility. It doesn’t sound like a fun rehab, and a former NHL player who went through the same surgery gave his thoughts.
I had the same surgery performed on my left knee. It’s a brutal rehab process and mine never recovered to a point that made skating at the NHL level possible. However, I do wish him well and hopefully he gets back to playing. https://t.co/DMOm4bjtoT
— Marc Methot (@MarcMethot3) May 9, 2023
Lonzo Ball of the NBA underwent the same surgery just two months ago. The surgery was chosen for Ball because it apparently gives him the best chance to, at some point in the future, resume his NBA career.
Terrible news for the Captain of the organization, as he has not played a game since lifting the Stanley Cup in June of 2022. The team clearly is not the same without him, as they miss him on the ice and in the locker room.
Stay tuned to CHN as more information drops and for an update on what is said when they meet with the media this afternoon.