The Colorado Avalanche still hope to re-sign forward Gabriel Landeskog and goalie Philipp Grubauer, general manager Joe Sakic said Saturday.
Landeskog and Grubauer each can become an unrestricted free agent July 28.
Sakic said he remains optimistic even after re-signing defenseman Cale Makar to a six-year, $54 million contract (average annual value of $9 million) on Saturday. Makar could have become a restricted free agent.
"Both Philipp and Gabe, our captain, we're hopeful that we can come to terms as well and have them signed to be a part of us as well," Sakic said. "I won't comment on the negotiations. They're still going on. We still have time."
Sakic said getting Makar's contract done first gives the Avalanche a better idea of what they might be able to offer Landeskog and Grubauer so they can be compliant under the NHL salary cap of $81.5 million.
"At least we know Cale's number, which is big for us going forward," Sakic said.