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Avs secure Landeskog with extension

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The Colorado Avalanche signed young left winger Gabriel Landeskog to a seven-year contract extension on Thursday.

Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but Sportsnet reported the total package to be worth $39 million. The deal runs through the 2020-21 season.

"Gabe is and will continue to be a large part of the foundation of this hockey team for many years to come," Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said. "Signing our captain to a long-term extension demonstrates the commitment of (owners) Stan and Josh Kroenke to this franchise and to our fan base.

"In just two seasons, Gabe has already proven to be a great asset to our organization both on and off the ice. The fact that he has agreed to a long-term deal shows that he believes in this team, his teammates and the direction of this franchise moving forward."

Landeskog had nine goals and eight assists in 36 games last season but missed time because of a concussion. He was named the team captain at age 19, becoming the youngest player to hold that title in NHL history.

Landeskog was the second player picked in the 2011 NHL Draft and won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2012 that goes to the league's top rookie.

"I love Colorado and I love being a part of this wonderful community," Landeskog said. "There is no other place I'd rather be than in Denver wearing the Avalanche logo. I am looking forward to training camp and the upcoming season."
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