Monday, April 21, 2008

Adam Foote

Adam Foote did against the Wild. There’s no question Marian Gaborik heard “Foote-Steps” the whole series, just like there’s no question Foote turned out to be a tremendous acquisition at the trade deadline. There’s also no question he’s making the Columbus Blue Jackets look like a ship of fools for letting him go, and for throwing him under the bus afterward with a lot of specious, not-for-attribution accusations.
There’s no question about what some people close to the situation believe, though: GM Scott Howson went to the local press and whined about Foote playing some hardball over his contract, then slimed his character, and the media there ate it up.
Whether it was all true or not (and I have my doubts), it would be dumb of Howson to do that, if that’s what he did. That’s the kind of thing that can easily get around the league with the players, and hurt Columbus from landing other prospective free agents down the road. A lot of players might rightfully ask, “Is this how I’m going to get treated if things don’t go their way at the bargaining table?”
The folks in Columbus deny that Howson did such a dastardly thing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Despite your assertion, there are plenty of questions about the Foote incident.

Far from your characterization of Howson as whine-y and slimey, he has a reputation as a straight-shooter and a standup guy.

Exhibit A: Waiving Duvie Westcott after his latest concussion & demotion to Syracuse, then the subsequent buy-out of his contract:

"Westcott also had good things to say about Howson: 'He was always honest with me, and that's all you can ask. I've got nothing bad to say. It's not a happy day for me, but I appreciate the way it was handled. From the start, Scott was straight-up with me. I've got a lot of respect for him.'"