Gabriel Landeskog landed an eight-year, $ 56 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche just before the longtime captain went independent.
Now he’ll have to let go of some of that.
The NHL Player Safety Department announced Thursday that Landeskog would be suspended two games for a collision violation against Kirby Dach in Wednesday night’s 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dach was on his knees when Landeskog punched him against the board in the third period. Roof has finished the game.
Landeskog has already suffered three suspensions earlier in his career: four matches for crosscheck in 2017, three matches in 2016 for crosscheck and two in 2015 for an illegal check to the head.
This two-game suspension will cost him $ 70,000.
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Landeskog scored one goal and one assist in Wednesday night’s game.
With Landeskog’s suspension, the Avalanche may find themselves without two members of their first line in their next game on Saturday.
Nathan MacKinnon has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in protocol. He could come back for the game if he has enough negative tests beforehand.
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The Ottawa Senators announced a seven-year, $ 57.5 million contract for forward Brady Tkachuk hours before their opener.
Tkachuk, who missed training camp, has been the team’s leading scorer for the past two seasons, including 36 points in 56 games last season.
The Senators start at home Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.