Believed price for Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is steep
|01.11.17 at 3:39 pm ET|
The Bruins, with pressure from above after back-to-back DNQs, are interested in making a big move and perhaps for a scoring winger. The Avalanche, the worst team in the NHL, are interested in a rebuild/retool effort to help change the culture of their group.
It doesn’t take much to see a fit between the two teams, too.
A report leaked by Adrian Dater confirmed the B’s interest in Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog from Bruins general manager Don Sweeney, too, though they balked at Colorado GM Joe Sakic’s asking price when it included 20-year-old defenseman Brandon Carlo.
But it’s a price that isn’t necessarily expected to drop anytime soon.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Avalanche are looking for a top-level defenseman, first-round pick, and more in any trade involving Landeskog. Dreger also added that there are some general managers that believe that the price is a “bit outrageous” for what Landeskog would be on most teams as a second-line winger.
Under contract at $5.571 million per season through 2021, the high ask on Landeskog is an obvious one given his importance to the club along with his still untapped upside as a top six winger. And though the numbers have been spotty at best on a terrible Avs team this year, Landeskog has produced at a .67 points per game pace since the start of the 2011-12 season, which ranks 55th among NHL players and better than guys like Bobby Ryan, Milan Lucic, and David Backes.
But it’s unlikely that the Bruins will budge on their stance when it comes to moving Carlo. In just his first pro season, the Colorado Springs, Colo., native has averaged 21:34 of time on ice per night (third among Bruins skaters), chipped in with three goals and nine points, and makes less than $800,000 per season on his current entry-level contract. Add it up and it’s made Carlo borderline untouchable. And though he’s not at the NHL level yet (which means he may not fit Sakic’s ask in the first place), it’s believed that Charlie McAvoy is held in a similar regard by the front office and will not be moved in any trade made by the team.
It’s believed that the Penguins and the Kings (who have been heavily scouted by the Avalanche and vice versa in recent games) are also interested in the 24-year-old winger. Both the Kings and Penguins have stronger bases to make a deal work in regards to that top-level defenseman the Avs seek — the Kings with Jake Muzzin or Alec Martinez and the Penguins with Derrick Pouliot or Olli Maatta — but the B’s cap situation is a little bit better than that of both teams.
Landeskog, the second overall pick from the 2011 NHL Draft, has recorded 107 goals and 259 points in 385 NHL games, including seven goals and 13 points in 29 games this season.