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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Teams make hard financial decisions all the time. I would never begrudge Howson the right to do that here. If the Jackets don’t want Foote at $4 million a year on a two-year deal, so be it.
Everyone moves on and they all live happily ever after.
But to pick up a newspaper or watch Hockey Night in Canada and read and hear an implication that Foote is a fraud who deviously orchestrated his own exit from Columbus, that he never had any intention of re-signing in Columbus, well, that is, at the very least, offside.
At worst, it’s character assassination.
added 7:37pm, from Rob Oller at the Columbus Dispatch,
Just be thankful Foote’s departure didn’t destroy the team’s playoff chances. Honestly, trading him to the Avalanche actually could help the CBJ’s cause.
If true that Foote threatened to quit on his teammates if the franchise didn’t move him before last Tuesday’s trade deadline, then better to be rid of him than risk poisoning the dressing room with his pessimism. Especially during this period of unparalleled optimism.
more on the Blue Jackets…
The Colorado Avalanche took a dual hit on the injury front Monday.
The team learned that forward Ryan Smyth suffered a concussion after his collision with the padded partition near the Avalanche bench. He will not be able to exercise or return to the ice until he is symptom free. He also suffered a minor shoulder separation remains sidelined for an indefinite period of time.
The news got worse for Colorado as Marek Svatos was diagnosed with a torn ACL that will require surgery and sideline the forward for the remainder of the season.
via All Things Avs,
Just sitting around here waiting for some official word from the Avs on Smyth’s scary injury from last night. But a person I talked to with some knowledge of the situation says Smyth’s left shoulder - not his head or neck - might be what causes him the most problems.
added 6:48pm, from All Things Avs,
The Avs are going to announce soon that, while Smyth’s head and neck checked out well on CAT scans, the left shoulder is likely separated - but things will be officially known in the coming days.
Translation: he’s got a shoulder separation, at least. I’ve also been hearing about a possible broken collarbone - the most commonly broken bone in the human body.
As for Svatos, the Avs are saying the full extent of his left knee injury will be known in the coming days.
added 6:51pm, The official word from the Avalanche…
from the Denver Post,
“He’s huge,” said Per Karlquist, chairman of Denver’s Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. “He’s second to the king.”
So who’s third? Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom maybe?
“No,” Karlquist says. “The queen.”...
“He’s the Michael Jordan of hockey,” said Chris Fuselier, owner of the Blake Street Tavern in LoDo and an original Avs season-ticket holder. “This is one of the three most exciting things to ever happen to the Avs — when they traded for Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque, and now bringing Forsberg back. They had become a nonstory, but things are going to be hopping now.”
from Adam Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
According to numerous NHL sources, Foote threatened to be “a bad teammate, a bad captain and a bad player” the rest of the season if he weren’t re-signed or traded to his preferred destination—the Colorado Avalanche, where his best NHL years were spent.
The Blue Jackets made a final plea, urging Foote to consider all that the Blue Jackets’ ownership group, the coaching staff and the fans had done for him the past three seasons.
Again, according to sources, he responded by saying that he “doesn’t owe anybody anything.”
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
The fact Smyth’s brains got scrambled in the second period was reason enough for Colorado teammate Ian Laperriere to seek out Johnson to inflict some vigilante justice.
“I did what I had to do,” said Laperriere, who admitted he was only following the code of hockey. “I told (Johnson) at some point he was going to have to fight someone.”
But although both men put up their dukes later in the game, the fight never erupted, because L.A. veteran Rob Blake stepped in and made peace before the first punch.
And true to the caveman logic that rules the NHL, Blake was promptly given a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Jack Johnson of the Kings rode Ryan Smyth into the boards, and his head met the glass partition that starts at the end of the bench.
Smyth was out cold but did come to and he was talking while being strapped down to a body board.
screen shot added at 9:56pm... (below)
added 10:04pm, via TSN,
In the lockeroom after the hit, Smyth was conscious and walking. He was being taken to hospital for tests.
video added 10:41pm... (below)
from the Rocky Mountain News,
Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not just a reunion weekend.
“I think a fan’s perspective is probably about recapturing the glory days, but for me, those are guys that know how to win, know what it takes,” said forward Andrew Brunette. “They’re very effective hockey players and real good additions to our hockey club.”
This is the most intriguing part of general manager Francois Giguere’s trade deadline splashes, but also the part that makes them susceptible to attack. It is easy, particularly from a distance, to dismiss the homecoming of Forsberg and Foote as a marketing maneuver. There’s no denying the Avs needed one.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Thoughts that have remained dormant for years have worked to the front of my brain this week. Wisps of memory have emerged, unbidden, and they’re telling me that we’ve all been played by Adam Foote, that he is not the leader of men that he purported to be, and not just because he quit the Blue Jackets….
Lesson No. 1: Foote said he put his Dublin house on the market last summer because he wanted to “downsize.” What he didn’t say was he was hunting for a smaller house in the greater Denver area.
Lesson No. 2: Foote professed shock that he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche—yet he rigged the game for just this outcome.
Here’s what we know:
from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,
These are not the good old days of the Avalanche, but they are the good-news days for the Avs.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and their Hole-in- the-Wall Gang are riding together again, some for the first time.
Nobody knows how the season will skate out, but the fun’s about to begin.
Get my swan costume ready. I feel the thrill.
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