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Will Foote's next step be into Hall?

Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:47 pm

It's a sad day in Colorado, adding to what has been a sad season.

After 19 seasons, 17 with the Avalance/Nordiques organization, stalwart defeseman Adam Foote will retire at the finish of this season. Frankly, it's not just a loss for the Avs, but one for the entire NHL. Foote was a fantastic player for many years, the type of guy any coach would love to have on the blue line.

So invariably after somebody like Foote hangs up the skates, the question will arise: Is his next step into the Hall of Fame?

His offensive numbers won't get him there, but that's not what made him great. He had just 66 goals in his 19-year career and 242 assists. Quite frankly, not many of his stats stand out. That's what makes this conversation a little tougher -- he's the type of guy whose ability you can't quantify.

One thing that comes up in sports all the time when this topic is broached -- championships -- is rendered moot here. As much as I hate the argument being used against great players, we don't have to hear as Foote helped the Avs to two Cups ('96 and '01). In that first Cup run, Foote was a very impressive plus-11 for the postseason, the second best mark that year. Point being, he has the championship pedigree that many consider a requirement to gain entry into the hallowed halls.

One thing that could hurt his candidacy is a history of injuries. Only seven of the 19 seasons in his career did he play more than 70 games. Unfortunately, it could be the way he ends his career, too, as he is questionable for Colorado's final few. But here's betting he won't miss his finale.

So at the end of the conversation, are we looking at a Hall of Famer here? I would say yes. Foote is a throwback, a stay-at-home defenseman that was a key cog to Colorado's success in the late '90s and early 2000's. Maybe moreover, when GMs and coaches around the league are hoping to find the next Adam Foote, it must mean he did something right. I'd take him on my team any day of the week.

-- Brian Stubits

Category: NHL
Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: April 9, 2011 11:02 pm


He was MAYBE top 10 among defensmen during the time he played, but you need to be top 3 to 5 to be a HOF consideration.

He played on a lot of good Colorado teams and also racked up a lot of penalty minutes - you can't play defense when you're sitting in the penalty box.

Since: Jun 12, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:52 pm

Will Foote's next step be into Hall?

Adam Foote in the Hall? C'mon. It's the Hall fo Fame! Not the Hall of very Good... I would love to start a team with him as my shut dwon d-man, for sure, but he is not hall-worthy in my opinion. I've read comments he "always" excelled against the oppositions top lines....I don't think so, always, c'mon guys. Even Niklas Lidstrom, who did it all, on "D' and on "O", didn't do it always.....I don't want to diminish his accomplishments, but no hall for him....

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 10:15 am

He Damn well better make it to the hall

Foote was the prototype of what a defenseman should be ... shut down the top line of the opposition and chip in a few points here and there.
He will be missed, his production not so much, but the leadership and intangibles he brings with the avalanche will not be replaced for a long time. Look at the great job he did preping Matt Duchene as his most recent success, and Liles to name another.
I dont think he will be a first ballot HOF due to his stats .... but he should definitely be in some consideration in the next few years.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 8, 2011 2:32 am

Foote in the Hall? NO WAY!!

 Adam Foote was a very good, not great NHL player. Yes, he was on some great squads who won some cups and he was definitely a cog but Hall of Fame worthy? Absolutely not. I would be very surprised to see him get in. The Hall of Fame is not for players whos "ability you can't quantify", it is for the very best players in the league, the elite. He had a long and productive career, retire his jersey in Colorado and raise it to the rafters and call it a day. Foote does not belong in the Hall.

Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 1:19 am

Will Foote's next step be into Hall?

Just look at Foote in Columbus.He threw a tantrum until he got traded back to Colorado.He had a plane waiting to haul him there before he got traded.His last 6 years in the league were not  good at all.  NO HALL.

Since: Dec 6, 2007
Posted on: April 8, 2011 12:36 am

Will Foote's next step be into Hall?

Okay put your wings v avs crap away, Foote has been a great D-Man for his entire career. He has always played against the oppostitions top line and has always excelled. There is no doubt that Foote belongs in the Hall, he is what hockey is all about:Skill, plays great position, he is one of the best all time battlers in front of the net and in the corners (where D-Men are most valuable), and you would have to be a fool not to have him in the Hall...

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:01 pm

Will Foote's next step be into Hall?

Does this mean that Brad Stuart for the HOF?

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:33 pm

Will Foote's next step be into Hall?

No.  If so just go and add Craig Ludwig while your at it.

Just using your standards.  Don't like it, take it up with yourself.  Wanting Craig Ludwig in this already ruined HOF.  They try to fix standards issues over the last 15 years and you seem bent on ruining it with one-dimensional athletes, instead of all those all around studs of the game.

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