Foote returns to Denver
TSN reports that Columbus has dealt defenceman Adam Foote, a pending UFA, to Colorado, reportedly for a first-round pick.
Foote's had a terrific season this year in Columbus, playing on the top defensive pairing with Jan Hejda under Ken Hitchcock, but negotiations on a contract extension with the Blue Jackets apparently broke down when he was looking for upwards of $4-million a season.
Foote will join fellow Avs newcomer Ruslan Salei on a blueline that also includes Brett Clark, Scott Hannan, Jeff Finger, John-Michael Liles, Kurt Sauer and Jordan Leopold.
Including the addition of Peter Forsberg yesterday, Colorado's taken a big step forward at the deadline and will be making a major push toward the playoffs.
UPDATE Here are the specifics of what Columbus gets on this one: "The Avalanche gives up the rights to a conditional first-round draft choice in 2008 or 2009 and a conditional fourth-round choice in 2009."
UPDATE “We’re extremely pleased to announce to our fans that Adam Foote is returning to the Avalanche,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “His veteran presence and proven leadership abilities will be a tremendous boost to our entire team as we head into a crucial time of our season. His presence on our blue line gives us an increased physical presence for the stretch drive.”
“Colorado has always been a special place for me and my family,” said Foote. “I have some amazing memories of my time there and the fans have always been great. I’m looking forward to getting back and helping the team compete for a playoff spot.”