Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Foote to Columbus

Well this is a big signing that is out of left field. Defenseman Adam Foote signed with Columbus late last night/early this morning, receiving a three year contract worth $4.5 million a year. The Blue Jackets have had problems on the blue line and Foote is a great defensive defenseman.

This is about the right price for a defenseman of Foote's caliber. If you think the Blue Jackets paid too much, (which I really think they didn't) there are two things to consider. One) Great players will continue to get very nice paychecks in the new NHL. Two) The spending is now spread out around the league.

Does this make Columbus contenders? Not yet. They have a great young core and Rich Nash is someone I'd pay to see, but they still have some other pieces to add. We'll have to see how the rest of the offseason goes for them. But overall, excellent signing for the Blue Jackets. This is exactly what they needed.