On Wednesday, it was revealed that veteran winger Gabriel Landeskog would need knee surgery, which was a sad injury update for the Colorado Avalanche. According to Elliotte Friedman, the Avs made a move on Thursday to help make up for the loss of their captain by claiming former New York Rangers left winger Dryden Hunt off waivers.
COL claims Dryden Hunt
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 20, 2022
Hunt was released by the Rangers earlier this week, and while New York didn’t think he fit their future plans, he undoubtedly landed on his feet by signing with the defending champions, who have a need at his position.
The Avalanche needed help on the left wing because Landeskog, who had knee surgery, was anticipated to be out for at least 12 weeks. Until Landeskog is prepared to resume his playing career, Hunt can fill that position, at least temporarily.
Hunt, 26, played for the Rangers in three games this season and scored one goal. In 76 games last season, he scored 17 points while spending a career-high 12:17 on the ice each game. Next week’s game between the Avalanche and Rangers may provide motivation for Hunt to perform admirably.
The loss of Landeskog is a serious setback for the Avs, who have started 2-1-1 without him. Landeskog’s regular season was ended in March of last year due to the same knee injury, but he was able to return and play a significant role in the team’s Stanley Cup run, scoring 20 points in as many games.
As a result of Landeskog’s injury, Artturi Lehkonen is now playing on the left wing in the first line, while Valeri Nichushkin is still playing with the second unit.
In the wake of Gabriel Landeskog’s injury, the Avalanche sign a former Rangers forward.