Gabriel Landeskog has decided to come back to North America after his 17 game stint with Djugarden in the Swedish Elite League. Landeskog, (according to Adrian Dater and some poorly translated European sources) is returning here for tax reasons. (Something about the amount of time he’s spent in Sweden this year would effect the amount he would pay in taxes.) Landeskog made sure to give his team one last strong performance before he left though. Djugarden won the game 3-0, and Landeskog was involved in all three goals. He assisted on the first two goals, and sealed the deal with an empty netter. He finishes his time in Eliteserien with six goals and eight assists in seventeen games. I’m not entirely sure where he will go from here (there are conflicting reports whether he intends to set up base in Kitchener or in Denver for the remainder of the lockout.) I hope he comes back to Denver personally (it would be comforting to know another Avs player was hanging around).
Ryan O’Byrne has apparently been working on his playmaking skills, as he has already scored a goal and two assists in two games for the Florida Everblades. I’m pretty excited that O’Byrne has gotten off to such a good start (I’m happy when any of our boys do well), and I hope that the Avalanche brass are paying attention.
Matt Duchene hasn’t played another game since I last wrote, but Paul Stastny has. EHC Red Bull Munchen lost their first game since Stastny’s arrival 4-1. Stastny did not contribute towards Munchen’s one goal, and he earned three different penalties during the game. (It seems that the whole game was undisciplined, with a total of 18 penalties.)
Unfortunately, Semyon Varlamov is injured. The information has finally been released, and it appears he has sustained a knee injury. Doctors are saying that it is minor, and hopefully the team is just being extra cautious and taking advantage of the fact they have three goaltenders who can compete at the KHL level. I still maintain my position that it is in Varlamov’s best interests to be playing this season-I’d rather have a goaltender who sustained a small injury during the lockout than one who didn’t play at all and is therefore rusty.