MAJOR | Avalanche captain will undergo serious surgery, his playing career is in jeopardy

Published May 9, 2023 at 11:11

The last time we saw Gabriel Landeskog on the ice was when he lifted the Stanley Cup in late June 2022 and now the Colorado Avalanche are set to face another season without their captain.

On Tuesday, the Avalanche announced that Landeskog will undergo a cartilage transplant in his right knee on Wednesday in Chicago and will miss the entire 2023-24 season as he recovers.

Landeskog, 30, missed the whole 2022-23 season after having a procedure done on his knee back in October. After undergoing that surgery, he was given a 12-week recovery timeline, but never made it back, despite trying his hardest to get ready in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Following the news, former National Hockey League defenceman Marc Methot shared his thoughts as he says he underwent the same surgery Landeskog is about to have and was never able to get back to skating at an NHL level.

"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." Methot said.

While Landeskog definitely has a long road ahead of him in recovery from knee surgery, everyone hopes that he'll be able to return to the National Hockey League at some point in the future.

The Stockholm native will be entering the third year of a seven-year contract that sees him earn $7 million AAV. In 738 regular season games, Landeskog has 571 points, along with 67 points in 69 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He led the Avalanche to their third Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2022.

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