Monday, June 30, 2008

Liles & Foote Sign Back in Denver

Sunday evening was also a big night for the Colorado Avalanche, as they signed two of their key defensemen.

John-Michael Liles was taken off the unrestricted free agent market by reportedly signing a 4-year deal, worth in the neighbourhood of $16 million over the duration. Final numbers still to be determined. Liles was likely going to see some interest from other teams, likely garnering a bigger contract somewhere, but elected to stay in Denver with the Avalanche. Liles, 27, played in all 82 games last season, scoring 6 goals and adding 26 assists. The team was riddled with injuries to their top stars, that all offensive players suffered in their production.

Adam Foote, 37, was also re-signed on Sunday night. He was signed to a 2-year deal, worth $6 million in total. Foote, not known so much now as an offensive force, will bring that grit and leadership that the Avalanche may desperately need if some certain players do not return. His numbers offensively were 16 points (1G, 15A) in 75 games between Columbus and Colorado and may only be a very late round pick in a deep draft for your pool.

Paul StatsnyJohn-Michael LilesPeter Budaj
Milan HejdukRuslan Salei
Ryan SmythBrett Clark
Tyler ArnasonScott Hannan
Ben GuiteAdam Foote
Ian LaperriereJordan Leopold

With the assumption of numbers for both Liles and Foote, which will be corrected, hopefully for the next update, has the Avalanche still standing in reasonable shape with 13 players signed on for $34.5 million. Savvy shopping for free agents will be the key, if the team has to re-sign Joe Sakic or Peter Forsberg and a number one goalie for next season.

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