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registerthis
08-02-2005, 03:10 PM
Dunno if there's many jackets fans here, but I thought this was good news. One step on the long way back to the fans good graces, I suppose.

Taken from http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=ap-bluejackets-foote&prov=ap&type=lgns


Avs defenseman Adam Foote signs with Columbus

By RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer
August 2, 2005
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Adam Foote, a defensive cornerstone of two championship teams in Colorado, signed a three-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Foote, the highest-profile player to sign with the 5-year-old Blue Jackets, was to be introduced at a news conference Tuesday.

``He is the total package,'' Columbus president and general manager Doug MacLean said. ``He is tremendously competitive, tough, smart, moves the puck very well and is the definition of the word winner. He is a terrific addition to our organization and will be a key component to our continued evolution as a franchise.''

Foote signed a 3-year, $13.8 million contract Monday night with the Blue Jackets, who have never made the playoffs largely because of a lack of dependable defensemen. Columbus gave up 263 goals -- 50 more than it scored -- during the 2003-2004 season.

The offense is anchored by youngsters Rick Nash and Nikolai Zherdev. Nash tied for the NHL lead in goals with 41 during the last season before the lockout, while Zherdev joined the team in December 2003 and showed a wealth of talent.

Monday was the first day NHL teams were allowed to pursue unrestricted free agents under the collective bargaining agreement that ended the lockout on July 22. The labor fight wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.

Foote turned down a 4-year, $12 million offer from Colorado, the franchise with which he spent his entire 13-year career. He played four years with the team when it was located in Quebec and won Stanley Cup championships in 1996 and 2001 in Colorado.

The physical and sturdy defenseman is coming off two of his most productive seasons. Foote led his position with an average of 35.5 shifts per game in 2003-2004. He had career highs with 11 goals, 31 points, and a plus-30 rating in the previous season.

No Blue Jackets players had a plus rating during the 2003-2004 season. Foote was a plus-5 in four games against Columbus that year. He has registered 20 or more points five times, including in four of the past six seasons.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder has also been a key figure for Canada in international competition the past decade. He won a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Foote and Nash have been selected to attend the Canadian orientation camp later this month in preparation for the 2006 Olympics in Turin.

Foote will likely anchor the Blue Jackets' top defensive pairing. Columbus already has Rostislav Klesla, Luke Richardson and Duvie Westcott, along with young prospect Aaron Johnson on the blue line.

Red Leader
08-02-2005, 03:19 PM
Foote and Klesla should form a very nice backline for the Jackets. They are an up-and-coming team. I don't think they'll advance very far in the playoffs this year, if they make it, but 2-3 years from now I could see them being a force.

Nash is good.

Patrick Bateman
08-02-2005, 03:22 PM
The Jackets stink. It's all about the Blackhawks. They just got Aucoin.

registerthis
08-02-2005, 03:22 PM
Foote and Klesla should form a very nice backline for the Jackets. They are an up-and-coming team. I don't think they'll advance very far in the playoffs this year, if they make it, but 2-3 years from now I could see them being a force.

Nash is good.
Nash is darn good, but you know...I actually think Zherdev is better. The Jackets only got a small taste of what he could do during his half season with the club in '03-'04. I'd like to see them sign another vet to pair up with Luke Richardson, the D last year was horrible. The offense will come into its own this year, with Nash, Zherdev and Sanderson leading the charge.

Red Leader
08-02-2005, 03:37 PM
How about those Atlanta Thrashers.

They signed C Bobby Holik to pair with Heatley and Kovalchuk. That's a pretty dangerous line.

registerthis
08-02-2005, 03:47 PM
Lots of signings going on today...

Well, you know, the teams have only had..what, 14 months to work something out? ;)

Atlanta will be much improved as well. It will be interesting to see how this new CBA helps the teams at the lower-end of the payroll.

Red Leader
08-02-2005, 03:51 PM
I'm just excited to have hockey back. I love watching hockey during the week in the winters. I hate watching basketball.

HotCorner
08-02-2005, 03:59 PM
I would have loved to watch Nash and Crosby together but that ship already sailed.

registerthis
08-02-2005, 04:42 PM
I'm just excited to have hockey back. I love watching hockey during the week in the winters. I hate watching basketball.
Same here. Last winter was dreadful without it, though I do like March madness.

Now that I don't live in Ohio anymore I'm probably gonna have to splurge on the Center Ice package to catch jackets games out here.

Redsfaithful
08-02-2005, 04:59 PM
I don't know anything at all about hockey, but I'd probably become more interested in it if the Blue Jackets were a little better. Do they have any shot at all of making the playoffs in the near future? They've been so uniformly bad since inception, and I just can't add another crappy sports team to my life.

Red Leader
08-02-2005, 05:04 PM
I don't know anything at all about hockey, but I'd probably become more interested in it if the Blue Jackets were a little better. Do they have any shot at all of making the playoffs in the near future? They've been so uniformly bad since inception, and I just can't add another crappy sports team to my life.

If you were to compare them to a baseball team, they'd be kind of like the Marlins, IMO. They have an awful lot of young talent, and now some decent veteran players. They are going to be right on the brink of making the playoffs this year. If luck goes their way and no injuries, they should squeak in, but don't expect them to win more than 1 playoff series. When that young talent starts to get experience, probably within 2-3 years, they should go farther in the playoffs. They won't suck and get crushed every night this year, I'll tell you that.

Jeremy Piergallini
08-02-2005, 05:06 PM
Any hockey fan able to tell me if Jarome Iginla resigned with the Flames?

LvJ
08-02-2005, 05:07 PM
I am kinda interested in following Hockey this season and see how things go. All the names are hard to pronouce though. :(

Red Leader
08-02-2005, 05:10 PM
Any hockey fan able to tell me if Jarome Iginla resigned with the Flames?

He hasn't officially signed yet, but word is that he has agreed on a 3 year contract with the Flames.

Red Leader
08-02-2005, 05:16 PM
I'm interested to see where Sergei Gonchar and Peter Forsberg end up. I love watching both of them play. This new CBA is really going to hurt Colorado.

Jeremy Piergallini
08-02-2005, 05:18 PM
Thanks Red Leader. I have been a fan of the Flames for along time way back when they had Theo Fleury in his early prime. I quit watching a while back, but the year before the strike when Calgary came out of nowhere and should have won the Cup, I got a little more interested.

I will most definitely pay attention to hockey this year. It's far better than watching the National Boring Athletes (NBA) play. The NBA is not what it used to be.

I need something as a side note to football to follow this winter.

westofyou
08-02-2005, 09:16 PM
Ouch... as a Red Wing fan I don't like seeing that guy so much in just west-west... now he's going to be in my house even more.

Heath
08-02-2005, 09:18 PM
I'll watch the Cavaliers - but I have a boy who loves hockey.

One of these days, the Jackets will get it together...but they're in the same division as St. Louis & Detroit. They are going to have to spend some money to get to the playoffs.

Also, they still think Marc Denis and Fred Braithwaite are the answers at goal. If they are the answers, I'm not sure I want the question.

I'll cheer on the Jackets...

wheels
08-02-2005, 11:05 PM
Ouch... as a Red Wing fan I don't like seeing that guy so much in just west-west... now he's going to be in my house even more.

.....And he's gonna take your boys to task, son.

Believe it.

registerthis
08-03-2005, 10:32 AM
Also, they still think Marc Denis and Fred Braithwaite are the answers at goal. If they are the answers, I'm not sure I want the question.

Freddy Brathwaite is long gone, the Jackets signed Artus Irbe to back up Denis just before the 2003-04 season.

Marc Denis is not a bad goalie, he was victimized by atrocious defense played in front of him. I witnessed games where he literally won the game by himself, but no goalie is capable of doing that every night. I would like to see a full season of Denis with a defense anchored by Foote and perhaps Brian Rafalski (whom the Jackets are also talking to). With Richardson, Klesla and Wescott also back, the 'D' should be significantly improved, as should Denis's GAA.

I also read that the jackets are talking to Jason Allison, formerly of the Kings, in addition to other potential forwards. With Zherdev, Nash, Vyborny (who may be moving to center) Sanderson et al. coming back, the offense shoul dbe fun to watch.

westofyou
08-04-2005, 11:37 AM
.....And he's gonna take your boys to task, son.

Believe it.

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