For the last week or so, Avalanche fans have discussed Colorado Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog and his relinquishing of the C in Denver. A topic started with comments from Altitude's Darren McKee after the Avalanche lost late to the Seattle Kraken.
Do the Avs need to ask Gabe Landeskog to hand the captain's "C" to Cale Makar?— 92.5 FM - Denver's Altitude Sports Radio (@AltitudeSR) November 9, 2023
DMac thinks so, Mose wants to kill him as a result. Share your thoughts...@DMacSportsCO @BallHogg44 @Tyler_Polumbus @Avalanche @RadioMoser #GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/PB5I9zroEz
Most fans agreed that handing the C to someone does nothing for the room. We finally have word from Jared Bednar on the subject, and he gave legitimacy to the question but also made it clear that Gabe is the Captain.
The best part about these comments? It sounds like Bednar likes what he's seen from Landeskog's recovery and is confident that Landy will be back in the room and skating this season.
Jared Bednar via @AltitudeSR on the captaincy talks:— Adrian Hernandez (@AdoHernandez27) November 15, 2023
“I’ve been asked this privately… when we were getting ready to start the season I wanted to get a really good feel on where Gabe was at in his recovery. He was doing really good I have a lot of faith in Gabe that if it’s at…
It was a legitimate question.
Darren McKee caught a lot of flack for bringing this discussion to the surface, but Jared Bednar did give credence to the thought. To paraphrase, had Jared Bednar believed that Landeskog didn't have a chance at returning this season or postseason, "I think there's an argument to be made." Some might hear that comment as just a confirmation of Dmac's concerns. What I hear is evident optimism from Bednar. Confidence that Landeskog is set to return this season.
More from Bednar on @AltitudeSR on Gabe’s captaincy debate:— Adrian Hernandez (@AdoHernandez27) November 15, 2023
“If I thought it was making an impact in our room to the extend that it would help… then I’d do it… and Gabe would understand… I think we are gonna get our captain back around our room training with us.”#GoAvsGo
Has the timeline changed?
Before the season, we were told Landeskog hoped to return for a playoff run if the Avalanche made the cup tourney. This timeline still holds, but it depends on when Landeskog is cleared to skate. At this rate, Landeskog is walking normally, with no limp or sign of his current status. That doesn't mean much for a guy who makes a living skating, but it does indicate he should be cleared to spray some ice soon. He will be ahead of schedule if he skates sooner than the new year. The playoffs are still the goal if he is cleared in January or February. It's been so long that I think it will be sooner than we think. Here's to hoping. The other side of the timeline is if he isn't cleared to skate until March. That will make it challenging for him to get into game shape before the first round. At that rate, I think we will see him in the second round if the Avs are still playing.
Coach Bednar on Moser, Lombardi & Kane right now on @AltitudeSR Get on that!— Marc Moser TV (@RadioMoser) November 15, 2023
What did you think of Bednar's comments, and are you optimistic about Landeskog's return?