Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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.”

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At 1:10 p.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous Danny said...

Foote and Forsberg? This seems like a reunion. When will Roy be out of retirement?

At 1:15 p.m., February 26, 2008, Anonymous mc keeper said...

As the Wings are brnging back Mc Carty, perhaps Claude Lemieux will be next.

At 1:30 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Kel said...

It just shows how desperate the Avalanche organization is. Hockey wise, it makes no sense to make moves like this when you're only fighting to make the playoffs. Business wise, one year of not making the playoffs is causing problem in sales and fan support. Even though they'll either not make the playoffs or lose in the first round, having the familiar names around will at least sell more tickets and increase TV ratings in the short run to help the business side of things

At 2:21 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger King Aardvark said...

I just saw Claude Lememieux play at the Feb Fest oldtimers tournament in Kingston, ON a few weekends ago. He still looked pretty decent and some people were wondering about a comback. Still skated well, tried hard, and was a bit snarly. Cherry-picked like a bastard though.

At 2:26 p.m., February 26, 2008, Blogger Jeremy said...

It's easy to make fun of the Avalanche for the apparent attempt at a reunion, but take a look at their roster right now. I know their goaltending hasn't been strong, but that's a pretty impressive lineup of top-six forwards and top-six D. As a Vancouver fan, I'm glad they're not any closer to that final playoff spot...but it looks like there are plenty of other teams to worry about in the West.

At 10:09 p.m., February 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adam Foote quit on his teammates in Columbus. Foote=quitter!


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