DENVER (CBS4) – It’s the home opener for the Avalanche Tuesday night when they host the Stanley Cup Champion Kings.
So far the Avs are 0-1 after losing their shortened season opener at Minnesota, and one big problem is they still don’t have Ryan O’Reilly. The Avs and their young center are about $1.5 million apart per year on a new deal.
On Xfinity Monday Live, Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog weighed in on the impasse, saying that some of the players have reached out to O’Reilly, who is playing in Russia right now.
“We all know what kind of situation he’s in and it’s really between him, his agent and Greg Sherman so there’s not much we can do about it. We’ll try as best we can but it is a business and it’s unfortunate that we have to play without our No. 1 center right now,” Landeskog said.
One bright spot for the Avs was the offseason free agent acquisition of P.A. Parentaeu, and Landeskog is excited to be playing with him.
“There’s no doubt that he’s in the Top 6 for us. He’s an extremely smart player and skilled as well. He really sees the ice extremely well, and I’ve just been noticing playing with him in training camp and on Saturday how if I find that open ice he’s going to find me,” Landeskog said.
Landeskog said he got to spend some time in Canada with his family during the NHL lockout. He also played hockey in Sweden, which he said was a fun experience.
Watch more of the video with Landeskog in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.