Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is not on the team’s protected list for the expansion draft, according to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post.
By leaving out Landeskog, who is an unrestricted outstanding free agent, Avalanche will give Seattle Kraken an exclusive opportunity to negotiate with the 28-year-old before opening a free agency on July 28th.
This will be the case for all unprotected free agents going into the draft. The Kraken will play between Sunday morning, when the protected lists are released, and Wednesday evening when the expansion draft itself is done to work for a no-competition deal.
If Seattle and Landeskog come to an agreement before the expansion draft, then Landeskog will count as the Kraken’s choice from the Avalanche.
A member of the Avalanche for 10 years and captain of the team for nine, the outstanding free agency Landeskog comes at a time when the club must also sign a defender of the restricted free agent Cale Makar and the finalist of Neighbor Philipp Grubauer.
“We’ll see what happens,” Landeskog said Athletic in a recent interview. “I still hope we can agree on something and come to an agreement, but if it were me, I wanted it done eight months ago, 10 months ago.”
In 54 regular-season games last season, Landeskog scored 20 goals and added 32 assists.
The expansion draft takes place Wednesday at 8 pm ET, and can be seen on Sportsnet.