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Monday, August 01, 2005

Foote heads to Ohio


Look out now, the Columbus Blue Jackets have added some solid veteran leadership and solidified their back end with the apparent acquisition of hard nosed blueliner Adam Foote. Terms of the deal have not become clear, and Blue Jacket GM Doug MacLean has just indicated on the Fan590 radio out of Toronto, that the deal is not finalized yet.

However, if the deal goes through, as I'm sure it will, I would surmise that given the recent dollar figures that Sergei Zubov inked for, the numbers are fairly similar. I'll wait until the financial details become public before I draw any conclusions. On the face of it though, a great acquisition for Columbus, who's roster is becoming impressively talent laden. Here's to hoping that it will show up in the standings this season.

**Update** - TSN is now reporting that the deal is finalized and is for $13.5 million over three years ($4.5 million/season). The dollar amount is almost right on par with his previous contract - so much for the 24% rollback. So, what class does this put Niedermayer in? If Foote and Zubov are managing these types of bucks, does this not raise the bar substantially for the truly elite or has the gap between the players been narrowed? My gut tells me that we won't have to wait for long to find out.

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