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Kurtis Foster signs in Finnish league

Oct 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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SM-liiga club Tappara has added some blueline talent by signing former Minnesota Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster to a lockout deal.

Foster, 30, is perhaps best known for his horrific leg break in 2008 after a check from San Jose’s Torrey Mitchell on an icing play.

The then-Wild blueliner suffered a broken femur that cost him over 100 games and almost a full year off skates — but, to his credit, he was able to resume his NHL career and later named a finalist for the 2010 Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Since the injury, Foster has re-emerged as a good offensive defenseman and power play specialist, though his 2011-12 season was one to forget as he bounced from Anaheim to New Jersey to Minnesota (with a stop in AHL Syracuse), appearing in just 51 regular season contests all told.

Foster is currently an unrestricted free agent.

  1. thecheeman - Oct 23, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Hey as a Devils fan I’ll never forget how we flipped two dogs to Anaheim for him, and then flipped him and another dog Palmieri to Minnesota to get Zidlicky for the Cup run. Sweet Lou.

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