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Flyers Sign Defenseman Kurtis Foster

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Shortly after the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NHL and the NHLPA yesterday, Flyers GM Paul Holmgrem has signed Defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 1 year, $950,000 deal. Foster, who stands at 6-5, 225 pounds, adds much-needed depth to the Flyers blue-line. Foster also posses a good right-handed shot, something the Flyers have lacked from a defenseman in previous years.

Foster, 31, was drafted 40th Overall (2nd round) by the Calgary Flames in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were then traded to the Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets) in 2001. Since then, Kurtis Foster has had stints with the Minnesota Wild, Tampa Bay Lightning, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, and New Jersey Devils.

Look for Foster to be on the on the 3rd defense pairing with Luke Schenn and the 2nd power play defense pairing with Andrej Meszaros. His powerful slapshot will be especially effective on the power play.

Career NHL Stats (per Yahoo! Sports)

 Year Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM Hits BkS PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
 2002-03 ATL 2 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
 2003-04 ATL 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
 2005-06 MIN 58 10 18 28 -3 60 6 12 0 0 2 124 .081
 2006-07 MIN 57 3 20 23 -3 52 0 13 0 0 0 135 .022
 2007-08 MIN 56 7 12 19 0 37 3 7 0 0 2 118 .059
 2008-09 MIN 10 1 5 6 7 6 0 2 0 0 0 10 .100
 2009-10 TB 71 8 34 42 -5 48 60 70 3 23 0 0 1 165 .048
 2010-11 EDM 74 8 14 22 -12 45 89 76 5 9 0 0 0 182 .044
 2011-12 NJ 28 3 9 12 -9 23 19 16 2 8 0 0 0 54 .056
 2011-12 ANH 9 1 1 2 -5 8 17 7 0 1 0 0 0 16 .063
 2011-12 MIN 14 0 0 0 1 4 10 12 0 0 0 0 0 15 .000
 Career 382 41 114 155 -31 283 195 181 19 75 0 0 5 821 .050
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