Avalanche lock up defensemen Liles, Foote; Sakic undecided

Updated: June 30, 2008, 8:23 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

The free-agent defensemen pool, already shallow to begin with, is even more so after the Colorado Avalanche locked up blueliners John-Michael Liles and veteran Adam Foote.

Joe Sakic's return is less certain.

The Avalanche are about to enter free agency not knowing if their captain who made nearly $7 million last season will return for a 20th season in the NHL or hang up his skates and start the countdown on his Hall of Fame induction.

General manager Francois Giguere, ...

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