DENVER, CO - JANUARY 22: Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center on January 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER - It wasn't unusually dramatic, it wasn't overly triumphant but Avalanche Captain Gabriel Landeskog's return to action is here at long last.
"I'm finally back," he said with a smile Friday.
Landeskog was sidelined since suffering a concussion on Jan. 26 when he was hit by San Jose's Brad Stuart. He has missed eleven games, Colorado went 5-5-1 in his absence, and is prepared play in Los Angeles Saturday.
He was wary about coming back too soon, realizing the adverse consequences and the importance of the cerebral health.
"You only have one brain so you want to be cautious," Landeskog said. He said he was feeling better earlier in the week, and wished he could have played Monday against Nashville, but the team doctors had yet to clear him. "Being 20-years old you just want to get back there and play. "
The youngest captain in league history has only been able to practice with the team for the last couple days. He was working on getting his hands, feet and lungs back into shape more than anything.
"I haven't been off for this long in a few years now so I'm excited to get back and get back in game-mode," Landeskog said. "How many minutes I'll play, [that 's] up to coach [Joe Sacco]."
Landeskog will likely play alongside Paul Statsny and David Jones on the second line.
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