It was reported earlier today by BSN Denver that Adam Foote would be leaving the Colorado Avalanche organization. Foote had been working as a player development coach - mostly as a defensive specialist working with youngsters in the organization.
In a conversation with WGR550 in Buffalo this morning, Darren Dreger spoke about Foote’s departure
“Adam Foote was a player development guy, but highly respected. He was a guy that the management types of the Colorado Avalanche would lean on from time to time,” Dreger said. “So there might be a level of distraction. But with a first-round pick being a defenseman and a high second-round pick being a defenseman, how do you allow Adam Foote to walk away from that organization? So there’s a lot of things that need to be corrected and perhaps straightened out in Colorado.”
Callan, a rugged defender in the mold of his father was the 14th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Lightning this past June. Younger brother Nolan, a highly skilled power forward, looks to be drafted even higher next summer.
With both sons playing for the Kelowna Rockets, Foote seems to be ready to spend his year on the WHL circuit.
Having drafted defensemen with their first two picks in this past draft, the loss of Foote couldn't come at a worse time for the organization that seems to be finding more and more reasons for people to be pessimistic.
It’s hard to say what Cale Makar and Conor Timmins will turn into, but having someone as knowledgable as Foote around during training camp could have been very valuable for their deelopment.