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Report: Teams are balking at Avs’ asking price for Landeskog

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If the Colorado Avalanche expect to move captain Gabriel Landeskog, they might have a better chance of doing so during the off-season. That’s one takeaway from an interesting edition of TSN’s Insider Trading on Tuesday.

TSN’s Darren Dreger spells out the asking price for a trade in a more specific way: the Avalanche want a “top-level defenseman, a first-round pick, plus” for Landeskog.

To little surprise, teams are balking at that price, according to a panel including Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun.

It really does bring up the interesting question of how much, exactly, is the stout Swede worth?

He’s still just 24, and his current $5.571 million cap hit runs through the 2020-21 season. If a team likes what they see in Landeskog, they’d be getting that player for quite a while.

Such a team would need to heavily weight intangibles, such as his grit, as his counting numbers aren’t going to blow most people away.

He has just 13 points in 29 games this season, with a -10 rating. He’s generally come in the 20-goal, 50-ish point range, aside from his peak season of 65 points in 2013-14. His possession numbers are solid but unspectacular.

Again, very little of that really makes a team want to pay a high price for a guy who’s stock isn’t exactly soaring. Landeskog has been the captain of a team that hasn’t exactly been lighting the hockey world on fire, either.

So, ultimately, we wait. Will the Avalanche lower the price? Will such a price tag seem more appealing in the off-season?

It’s a situation to watch, and for some Avs fans, any distraction from the on-ice product might be welcome.

Auston Matthews’ 33rd goal includes a dash of comedy (Video)

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This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)

On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.

William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.

Hnnngmgghh indeed.

That goal could end up being key as the Blue Jackets quickly scored to start the second period, shrinking Toronto’s lead to 2-1 on Wednesday.

Video: Leafs’ Carrick delivers thunderous hit on Blue Jackets’ Anderson

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Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have motivation to win their Wednesday game, but the Maple Leafs need it more.

So far, it shows, too.

The Maple Leafs have raced off to a 2-0 lead, with Auston Matthews scoring his 33rd goal of the season. If generating such offense didn’t highlight the urgency, Connor Carrick‘s huge hit on Josh Anderson makes a compelling argument. Witness that big impact in the video above.

There was also another high-impact moment when Nick Foligno went crashing into the boards:

Ouch, Blues consider Paul Stastny out week-to-week

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The St. Louis Blues announced that Paul Stastny is out week-to-week with a lower-body injury.

Stastny was limited to less than four minutes of ice time during last night’s 4-2 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Initially, head coach Mike Yeo indicated that the issue wasn’t serious.

There are only about three weeks left in the regular season, so it’s tough to tell if “week-to-week” would mean that the Blues will be without Stastny for any playoff time.

With Stastny out for an expended period of time and other injuries affecting Blues forwards, it sounds like Nail Yakupov gets another chance to prove himself:

Stastny generated 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games so far this season. He has played more of a defensive role this season (46.2 offensive zone start percentage after being closer to 50 earlier in his Blues days) and has been impressive in the dot, winning 53.8 of his faceoffs.

WATCH LIVE: Islanders at Rangers – Wednesday Night Rivalry

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A night after a feisty matcuhup with the Devils, the Rangers host an even bigger rival in the Islanders at Madison Square Garden for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN.

As nasty as Tuesday’s contest got at times, this one means more.

While the Rangers seem pretty safely seated as the East’s first wild card, the Islanders stand three points behind the Maple Leafs for the final spot in the conference. They’ve seen other bubble teams stumble, so this is their chance to close in on Toronto in what might be a shrinking field of contenders.

Spiting the Islanders might just give the Rangers a little extra life on back-to-back nights … especially since their fans would probably let them have it if they sleepwalk through this one.

It should be a fun, physical and dramatic one on NBCSN. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App.

Click here for the livestream.