Gabriel Landeskog Ruled Out For 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs
It’s been the year of hell for Gabriel Landeskog. After hoisting the Stanley Cup trophy a year ago, Landeskog didn’t play a single minute for the Avalanche during the 2022-23 season. The Colorado captain has been ruled out for the upcoming Stanley Cup playoffs too. If the Avalanche want to repeat, they will have to do so without Landy.
“I still thought I’d be fine, ready to go after the summer (2022),” Landeskog said Thursday, prior to the Avalanche defeating the Winnipeg Jets 4-2. “Obviously a very short summer (winning the Stanley Cup). I realized fairly quickly that things had gotten worse. … I thought I was going to be able to play the second half of the season. We’ve given it our best shot and it just hasn’t worked out. Moving forward we continue to explore options. But I felt like this was the decision I had to make at this point for everybody involved and for my teammates and myself.”
“The timeline goes back to the bubble 2020,” he said. “Kind of a freak accident that happens there. Never had any knee issues before that. One thing led to the next and it just sort of progressively got worse over that next year. Start of [last] season it started bugging me on a daily basis. It got worse and worse up until the point that we got the first surgery. At that point I didn’t really realize the complexity of the injury and how one injury can, obviously it compensates.”
The good news for Avs fans is the fact that Landeskog appears very confident that he will be able to play again. When remains to be seen. Still, you have to be nervous about which version of Landeskog they’re getting when he does eventually make his return to the ice.
“I’m confident in that,” he said. “When? I don’t know. You try and take it one step at a time. This is no different than going into a new season, essentially. Where you start with training camp and you go from there. This is the same thing. I’m trying not to look too far ahead. But I’m confident, and like I said, we’ll get through this.”
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