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Avs’ Foote now facing role reversal

Terry Frei
The Denver Post
DENVER, CO--AVALANCHE vs WINGS--Colorado's #52 Adam Foote raises his arms in jubilation after the Avalanche knock off the Red Wings 4-2. THE DENVER POST/JOHN LEYBA 2000 DIGITAL FILE

Of the team that arrived in Denver from Quebec in the summer of 1995 and was renamed the Colorado Avalanche, only defenseman Adam Foote remains.

At 38, Foote, who had a two-plus season sabbatical with Columbus before returning to the Avs in 2008, is entering the second season of a two- year, $6 million contract. He recently was part of the ceremony when Joe Sakic announced his retirement. That day, Foote heard the longtime Avalanche captain allude to the Avalanche youth movement and compare it to what Sakic and Foote were part of at Quebec.

“I caught the tail end of it at Quebec,” Foote said. “Joey was at Quebec two years before I was. I saw the young core come together, and it was fun to be a part of it. Now, I’m going to do my job, stay healthy, play a lot of hockey and be there for whatever I’m called upon to do.”

Whatever Foote is, he’s not naive. His days here are numbered, and the first team that demonstrates a willingness to take on his contract, whether that’s for the entire season or near the trading deadline, likely can get him for any offer than isn’t a complete embarrassment. (And maybe even for one that is.) The chances of Foote returning for 2010-11, even if he doesn’t retire, are minuscule.

That’s how the scorched-earth approach works.

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_12873156

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