The Colorado Avalanche have announced that Adam Foote will return as captain for the 2010-2011 season.
Foote had originally signed a two-year deal with us after the trade that saw us send a first round pick to get him from Columbus. He announced his intention to return soon after the season, and it is now official. He has inked a one-year deal with the club, a deal that will likely be his last before retirement.
In my opinion, he willingly and eagerly took a job last season that nobody wanted. Who could possibly fill the captaincy after Joe Sakic? Well, despite rumors from Columbus that he was not a strong leader (he served as captain for the Blue Jackets during his stay), I think that he was the perfect choice for our team, and I don’t believe that the next captain isn’t ready yet to take the reins. By this, I mean that I don’t believe Stastny should be our next captain. He’s one of my favorite players, and he’s the Avs’ best player, but I just don’t think he has the leadership qualities that Sakic or Foote possess. With that in mind, I think that Matt Duchene is the future captain of the Colorado Avalanche, and in another year or two he’ll be ready to adopt that role. Obviously, this is an early call, and things can always change, but that’s my initial assessment.
Great move by the team. There’s no question that Foote has lost a few steps since the Stanley Cup years, and it’s likely next year he’ll be worse than he was this year, but he’s been just the man this team needs to lead it through this difficult rebuild, and I look forward to our continued development under his command.