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Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog spoke to media covering the team Friday for the first time since early September — before he suffered a skate-blade cut above his right knee that ultimately ended his season.
Landeskog went down in Game 6 against the Dallas Stars and the Avs lost Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinal series in overtime.
“My knee is good. I feel good,” the left winger said in a video conference call. “Obviously, it was kind of a freak injury. Bottom line, I got very lucky. It could have been a lot worse. But I’m ready to rock.”
Landeskog made his on-ice training camp debut Friday at Family Sports Center. He and four other players missed the first three on-ice sessions of camp. Goalie Philipp Grubauer and new forward Brandon Saad also rejoined the team Friday. Defensemen Erik Johnson and Keaton Middleton remain “unfit.”
The Avs took Thursday off.
“Per protocol l was told to stay away from the rink for a few days. Only really missed three days,” Landeskog said. “Excited to be back and looking forward to finish off camp in a good way.”
Landeskog is the left winger on Colorado’s second line, which includes center Nazem Kadri and Saad — the two-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago. Landeskog said the Avs mostly practiced special teams Friday but he expects to work well with Kadri and Saad at even strength.
“I’m excited to get the chance to play with both of them,” Landeskog said. “Obviously, I’ve played with Naz in the past. Played in the bubble together quite a bit. I think ‘Saader’ is going to bring a lot to our team. He’s got experience (and) two Stanley Cup rings and a lot of offensive talent. He’s got speed. He can finish. I look forward to see what we can do as a line.”
This story will be updated.