Debate Surrounds Colorado Avalanche's Salary Cap Maneuver

Published September 11, 2023 at 7:52 PM
BY AUSTIN SABOURIN
After missing last season due to knee surgery, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog's return this season is uncertain, possibly not until the playoffs.


The Avalanche are currently nearly $5 million over the NHL salary cap, leading to questions about when Landeskog could rejoin the lineup. In the playoffs, the salary cap doesn't apply, making it the only opportunity for his return.

This situation reminds many of how the Tampa Bay Lightning handled Nikita Kucherov's injury in the 2020-21 season. Kucherov missed the regular season, but the Lightning brought him back for the playoffs, exceeding the cap by $18 million.


While missing Landeskog during the regular season won't cripple the Avalanche, his return for the playoffs could make them Stanley Cup favorites. Fans and media will watch closely for updates on when Landeskog might return to action.

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