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With Roy, Sakic leading Avs, will Foote return too?

May 24, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT


The Colorado Avalanche are putting some of their all-time greats in key positions going into next season. Joe Sakic is in charge of “all hockey-related decisions” while Patrick Roy will serve as the team’s bench boss.

Could retired defenseman and former team captain Adam Foote, who will have his number retired next season, join them? Yes, but not in nearly as high profile of a role.

In an interview with 104.3 The Fan, Foote expressed an interest in working with the team and “help the youth,” but right now his priority is coaching his son.

At the same time, Foote does seem excited about the recent moves the Avalanche have made. He thinks that the fact Sakic and Roy accepted their positions speaks to their belief that the Avalanche are committed to winning after slipping from their height during the 1990s and early 21st century.

Foote added that the team is close to assembling a core of players necessary to build a dynasty around, but he also feels that they’re “missing a one, two, three defenseman.” The Avalanche could potentially address that by drafting Seth Jones, although Foote hadn’t watched Jones enough to comfortably declare him the missing piece.

It remains to be seen what role Foote might play in the franchise going forward, if he’s involved at all, but he’s certainly upbeat about the Avalanche.

  1. myroncopesflask - May 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Didn’t Roy have his son spark a crazy a$$ on ice riot in juniors? 1975

    • govtminion - May 24, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      I’m trying to figure out why you think that’s relevant.

      • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 10:03 AM


      • myroncopesflask - May 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        Just kind of cool.. Always loved Roy as a player. Think he is the greatest goalie of all time and I loved his generally nasty disposition. I think he will do very well in the league and The Avs should have done this years ago.1975

    • michiganhockey11 - May 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      Yes, he did have his son spark a line/benchbrawl in the Quebec juniors league. His son flew down the ice and destroyed the other goalie when he didn’t want anything to do with it.

      • 950003cups - May 24, 2013 at 12:47 PM

        Ahhh, yes I remember also how he called for the arrest of Patrice Cormier in the QMJHL for a head shot. While the shot was as bad a cheap shot as I’ve ever seen, Patrick Roy should have just kept his hypocrite mouth shut on that one.

        Since he not only instigated, but watched, as his son beat a defenseless player to a pulp.

        Patrick Roy = Douche Bag

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 24, 2013 at 3:22 PM

      Check out the goalie in the red jersey, number 30

      • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 4:01 PM

        Goes to show the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

  2. polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Roy AND Foote would bring back and era of toughness, grit, and smart hockey.

    They won’t teach players to start crap on the ice… but they will teach them not to take it… and to finish it.

    I’m truly excited for the Avs and Avs fans.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

      The important thing would be bringing the classy kind of toughness and grit.

      • polegojim - May 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        Well… on ice… I’m not so concerned about classy.

  3. valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Ave fans you can have St Patrick as he is nothing more than a French Tortorella. Today’s players do not respond to hotheads. Ruff would have been a better choice.He is tough and demanding but doesn’t act like a Jacka$$.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      That’s so cool you can see in the future. Where’d you get your crystal ball?

      • 3yardsandacloud - May 24, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        Anyone familiar with Patrick “crybaby” Roy knows that it’s only a matter of time before he’s screaming over the divider glass at another coach, ala Marc Crawford.

        He sent his son to attack the other goalie when the other goalie wanted no part of a fight. He’s a no class jacka$$ and he isn’t going to restore anything to the Avalanche, except maybe some more sideshow antics

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM

        No need for a crystal ball. When it comes to his behavior the best predictor of his future behavior is past behavior. Roy is by no means an easy fellow off the ice. You think he got traded from Montreal because coach Tremblay left him out to dry vs the Wings. Think again! He’s a sh*t disturber, but that doesn’t mean he can’t do a good job for the Avs. He probably will, and will do so with some controversy. If you know his past, then you know sh*t is going to fly. Should be entertaining for us. :-)

      • valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 3:52 PM

        My crystal ball is Patrick’s history and fools that don’t learn from it are doomed to repeat it.

  4. michiganhockey11 - May 24, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Great moment in Foote’s history….

  5. jkulha86 - May 24, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    Hopefully they can replicate what Elway has done with the Broncos. A lot depends if the owner is willing to pay though. The Avalanche were one of the must see teams in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

  6. 4thquartermagic - May 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    Listen to Foote’s interview and you can feel the excitement through his voice.

    This is an exciting time for the Avs and the Avs fans.

  7. swizzler16 - May 24, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    Not confirming anything, he doesn’t want to put his Foote in his mouth.

  8. valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Hiring Patrick is Super Joe’s second mistake, his first was trying to fix his snow blower.

  9. vanindeed - May 24, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    What’s Forsberg and Lemieux doing these days? Bringing back the players from the glory years is a great plan. Just look at Edmonton

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