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Avalanche bring Foote back; acquire Salei

DENVER, Colorado ” First Peter Forsberg, and now Adam Foote.

For the second time in two days, the Colorado Avalanche have brought back a player from their glory days.

The Avalanche announced Tuesday they acquired Foote from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a conditional first-round draft choice in 2008 or 2009 and a conditional fourth-round choice in 2009.

On Monday, Colorado agreed to terms on a deal that brings former MVP Forsberg back to Denver for the rest of the current season.

Foote, 36, was drafted by the Avalanche in 1989, when they were the Quebec Nordiques. He is third in games played with the franchise with 799 and second in scoring by defensemen with 234 points.

He played in 154 playoff games with the franchise, second only to current captain Joe Sakic.

Also Tuesday, Colorado acquired defenseman Ruslan Salei from the Florida Panthers, giving up the rights to Karlis Skrastins and a third-round pick in the draft.

Last season, the 33-year-old Salei had six goals and 26 assists, both career highs.

Colorado general manager Francois Giguere called Salei “a solid and reliable asset on the blue line.”

Salei spent 11 years in the NHL, the last two with Florida after nine with the Anaheim Ducks. He’s missed only four games in the past four seasons.

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