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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 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 Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
There’s a perfectly sound reason why Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock didn’t comment publicly when GM Scott Howson moved captain Adam Foote at the trade deadline.
It’s because he didn’t want to say anything he’d later regret.
With that one deal, Howson cut the guts out of his team and ensured it would remain the only one in NHL history to have yet to play in a playoff game.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock somberly said his players were shocked over losing their friends and leaders, and it almost seemed that way afterward. In contrast to a surprisingly upbeat morning—when players were given a chance to vent over the trades that were made and the ones that weren’t and then seemed ready for the task—last night they seemed, well, depressed.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The trades, Howson said, should not be read as a sign that management has given up on this season.
“I’m excited about this year and the future,” Howson said.
But it’s a tough blow to many players and, certainly, a tough sell to an agitated fan base.
“There will be a lot of disappointment that Adam won’t be there,” center Michael Peca said. “No disrespect to Sergei, but this is more so about Adam, because he was a big piece of this puzzle.
Coach Ken Hitchcock, who has never missed the playoffs when he has spent a full season with a team, did not want to comment.
“We’re going to meet with the players (today), Hitch and I,” Howson said. “We’ll talk about it, I’ll tell them my feelings and then we’ll move forward.”
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.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
If Richards joins the Blue Jackets, an NHL source said, Howson is more likely to do what it takes to sign Foote and make a full-on push for the playoffs, perhaps acquiring other players, as well.
If Richards does not choose Columbus, or is not traded, and if Foote won’t budge from his $4 million per season stance, it makes it more likely that Howson will trade Foote and possibly others.
With less than 24 hours to go before the NHL trade deadline, the Blue Jackets are continuing to negotiate a contract extension with captain Adam Foote, while a possible trade for Tampa Bay center Brad Richards remains in play.
Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson expects to speak with Foote’s agent, Rick Curran, either later tonight or early Tuesday.
The two sides are working on a two-year contract worth between $3 million and $4 million per season.
I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets’ offer to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards is: right winger Gilbert Brule, right winger Dan Fritsche and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.
That makes sense to me. I just talked to one those players’ agents, who said: “That makes sense to me, too.”
The Blue Jackets wouldn’t want to part with Brule, as he’s starting to really come on now. But, hey, you’re not going to get Richards without giving up at least one top prospect.
continued... and in a new post from P-r, he believes nothing will happen today with the Lightning.
Take a deep breath, Jackets fans, because trade talks will accelerate on Monday.
I spoke to Scott Howson several minutes ago and he doesn’t expect any movement today (Sunday), but added “tomorrow should be a busy day.” That doesn’t mean there will be a deal, only that the intensity gets turned way up.
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