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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.
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added 10:04pm, via TSN,
In the lockeroom after the hit, Smyth was conscious and walking. He was being taken to hospital for tests.
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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.
Sportsnet is reporting “breaking news” that Adam Foote was been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Colorado Avalanche.
TSN has also been mentioning this trade. More details to follow at TSN.
Update 1:06pm ET: Pierre McGuire on TSN is now stating that he believes Foote was acquired for a first round pick.
According to TSN, Florida Panthers have sent Ruslan Salei to the Colorado Avalanche for Karlis Skrastins and a third round pick.
No link available yet. More soon.
Updated 12:28pm ET: TSN link
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Forsberg said Monday he hadn’t had a setback, but rather he didn’t want teams holding off on other plans by waiting on him. In short, he didn’t want teams depending on him. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
There are many reasons Forsberg ended up back in Colorado. One of them, apparently, is the Avs made it clear they were going to share the risk with Forsberg because risk is part of the package when dealing with Forsberg….
“I miss playing hockey,” he said. “It’s hard when you’re sitting on the side when I think I can go out and do good.”
Update 10:39pm ET: The Ice Block informs us that the NHL didn’t waste any time capitalizing on the return of Foppa.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has come to terms with unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg on a new contract through the 2007-2008 season.
“We’re proud to announce to our fans that Peter Forsberg has decided to come back and play with our franchise where he’s enjoyed so much success early in his career,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “His addition should complement our roster and will bring our team to an even higher competitive level.”
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