Colorado's Gabriel Landeskog will embark on his first major locker-room challenge as the NHL's youngest captain Saturday when Ryan O'Reilly rejoins the Avalanche 19 games into a lockout-shortened season.
Landeskog needs to make sure there is no lingering resentment among teammates concerning O'Reilly's contract holdout. "I'm ready to handle that and I know we have a lot of veteran guys in here that have been through the same thing," Landeskog, 20, said of O'Reilly's return. "We're ready to handle that as a group, handle that the mature way. I understand if guys would be bitter about that. But I think all I care about, and most of the guys in here care about, is this logo, and he's going to help our team. It doesn't matter, to me, how much he's making. He's going to help our team. That's the bottom line."