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Avs captain Landeskog speaks publicly for first time since concussion

Gabriel Landeskog

Colorado Avalanche rookie left wing Gabriel Landeskog moves the puck during the third period of the Burgundy and White intrasquad game at Air Force Academy, Colo., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog took part in Colorado’s morning skate on Wednesday -- his sixth consecutive day of skating -- and spoke publicly for the first time since suffering a concussion on Jan. 26.

l"It’s been feeling better and better,” Landeskog told the Denver Post. “The hands aren’t quite there yet and the feet aren’t quite there, but I’m working on it and feeling better every day.”

The 20-year-old returned to Avalanche practice earlier this week wearing an orange non-contact jersey, but may be able to resume full contact by week’s end.

As for a return date -- Colorado plays tonight against St. Louis, then departs for a three-game California road trip over the weekend, so it’s possible the captain could be back in the lineup while the team’s out West.

And as for concussion itself, Landeskog says his recovery is a process.

He’s had no issues with memory, nausea or dizziness, but did suffer some headaches, head pressure and light sensitivity.

Landeskog’shad a chance to watch the hit that concussed him -- a big bodycheck by San Jose’s Brad Stuart in a 4-1 loss to the Sharks -- and said he was at fault for the collision.

“I didn’t keep it up as much as I should have,” he told the Post. “Watching the video again kind of strengthened my opinion that I had my head down.”