Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog Makes Big Step With Injury Recovery

Today was a huge day for Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, as the star forward skated on his own for the first time since having a cartilage transplant in his knee back in May 2023. 

Landeskog, 31, has not played since the Avalanche's Stanley Cup Final run back in 2022. He missed the entirety of last season and, of course, has not played in a game this campaign, either. However, getting back on the ice, even by himself, is a big development for him. While he still has quite a way to go before he will be able to get back into game action, there is no denying that him skating again is a big accomplishment for him. 

While Landeskog was back on the ice, this does not mean that he will be returning the Avalanche's roster any time. The surgery he had was extreme, and he absolutely cannot be rushed back under any circumstances. 

Avalanche GM Chris McFarland shared with Frank Seravalli that it is possible that Landeskog will be good to go for the postseason, but he also noted that everything would need to go right with his recovery. 

Nevertheless, this is great news about Landeskog. Here's to hoping that he continues to head in the right direction with his recovery and that he can return to game action during the playoffs. 

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