A few well connected folks that consider themselves Bruins fans have heard some rumors. It seems as if the Bruins are involved in active discussions with the lowly Colorado Avalanche regarding their captain, Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog has had a down season statistically, also true for his Avalanche teammates. He’s trending short of his career average with six goals and six assists in 28 games played this season. Avs General Manager Joe Sakic seems open to trading either of their elite potential forwards, Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog, but “in the right deal.”
Domenic Tiano, who does some scouting and writing for the OHL Writers and In the O Radio has shared some initial details. Connect with him @dominictiano on Twitter, a fantastic follow. Dom initially teased some information on Twitter a couple days ago and made some more hints towards it on the Bruins HFBoards page yesterday. Kirk Leudeke, Hockey Scout for Red Line Report and the Moncton Wildcats went into further detail regarding the same rumor on the /r/bostonbruins subreddit yesterday. You can follow Kirk at @kleudeke29 on Twitter.
Some of the notable points raised by Kirk in the Reddit discussion examine the Avalanche demands for an NHL-ready defenseman in return as a cornerstone of the trade. Based on that, Charlie McAvoy falls out of consideration. The Avalanche clearly covet Brandon Carlo. In addition to defenseman, the Avalanche want a prospect and a first-round selection. Kirk points out that the Bruins hesitate to include Carlo in these discussions, but in the NHL you have to give to get. Carlo may end up in a deal as a result. Carlo, Lauzon and a first for Gabriel Landeskog seems to be the initial ask from the Avalanche.
THIS PRICE MAY SEEM STEEP FOR BRUINS FANS FOR A STRUGGLING LANDESKOG
The Stockholm, Sweden native would bring a healthy amount of youth, snarl and scoring punch down the left wing for the Bruins and could be the missing piece to a highly productive David Krejci. Landeskog is signed until the 2020-2021 season at an affordable $5,571,429 cap hit. That cap hit may seem high, but he should return to the 25G 35A threshold that seemed the standard for him in the previous few seasons. With Bruins ownership towing the company line that they expect a deep playoff run, I can expect that the Bruins won’t stand pat and that Don Sweeney and Cam Neely will look to make a big splash on this team. I only hope it’s not a losing gamble like not trading Loui Eriksson at last season’s trade deadline was.
UPDATE 2:20 PM ET – CARLO WAS REQUESTED, AND PROMPTLY SHOT DOWN, BY BOSTON
An offer may center around Zboril, Morrow, and a first for Landeskog. With other media filing similar reports I’ll keep this updated as the situation develops.