Ramblings: Landeskog’s Future; Carlo; Miller; Weber; Seattle Expansion Draft – July 15

Michael Clifford

2021-07-15

It appears as though Gabriel Landeskog's run with Colorado is coming to an end. The UFA turns 29 in November but this isn't just any UFA. This is their captain, a guy who was drafted by them second overall 10 years ago. He has 171 points in his last 181 games, plays a tough two-way game, and has been through all the up-and-downs of the franchise over the last decade. This isn't an easy decision.

This obviously is a cap move. The baseline for Landeskog was Chris Kreider's contract, or seven years at $6.5M a season with a full NMC throughout. That is a hefty price for a 29-year-old power forward, and Landeskog will likely be more expensive because of his role on the team and his production of late. Nathan MacKinnon and Bowen Byram need new contracts in two years, Cale Makar needs one now, and they don't have any goalies signed at the moment. Not to mention needing to fill out their depth. Assigning over $7M in cap space to an asset that will probably start depreciating right away isn't prudent, no matter how hard the decision is.

The question is where Landeskog ends up. Not a lot of teams can afford him. Man, this feels like a Nashville signing waiting to happen.

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Bruins defenceman Kevan Miller has retired. He has been enduring brutal injuries for a couple years now and the team is going through a youth movement, so this all makes sense. He was a steady defenceman for them and his role will be tough to fill for them internally. All the best to Miller and his family in their next phase.

Brandon Carlo signed an extension for six years at $4.1M a season. Not a bad deal for a defensive defenceman but in the fantasy game, he’s all peripherals. Not much use here in points-only leagues.

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Some possibly huge Weber/Habs news: