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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.”
from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has activated forward Joe Sakic from the Injured Reserve list. He will be available to play in tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Wasn’t it interesting that season-ticket holders were told that if they committed to renew for next season by Friday — or four days before the trading deadline — they will pay regular-season prices for their seats in this year’s playoffs ... if the Avs make it?
That means the Kroenke Sports folks already have at least a hint of how much their season-ticket base might further diminish for next season. And maybe about how desperate they want Giguere to be as he seeks a means to strengthen the Avs’ chances of just making the playoffs, which might stem a bit of the bleeding.
On Tuesday morning, the Avs still will be at least mathematically in the running for a postseason berth. They still should make a run at Hossa.
more NHL trade speculation from Frei…
from the Denver Post,
Despite word that Ryan Smyth will return to the Avalanche lineup tonight, Wednesday wasn’t a good day for medical news.
Workhorse defenseman Brett Clark might miss the rest of the season because of a dislocated shoulder, and Paul Stastny did not practice because of a groin injury.
Clark was the Avalanche’s minutes leader, and Stastny its leading scorer. Nothing seems to get any easier for the team already among the most banged-up in the NHL.
from the AP via NHL.com,
Colorado’s top three forwards - captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny - are back on the ice.
Sakic went through a light skate before practice Monday. He’s recovering from hernia surgery.
Smyth is coming back from an ankle injury and Stastny from an appendectomy. Both participated in practice and took contact. For Smyth, it was his first ice time since he was injured on New Year’s Eve.
Stastny, the team’s leading scorer with 49 points, has been practicing and could return soon. He’s listed as questionable for Tuesday night when the Avs play Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Smyth could return to action this week.
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