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Report: Flyers to sign Kurtis Foster

Jan 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

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Once the Memorandum of Understanding finally is signed (and the parade of painful Twitter jokes mercifully dissolves), NHL GMs are expected to begin a wave of moves. One of them should involve the Philadelphia Flyers signing defenseman Kurtis Foster, CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio reports.

It’s well known that the Flyers are in need of defensive help. A team that looked awfully leaky at times during the playoffs lost Matt Carle in the offseason while players such as Andrej Meszaros are banged up or getting long in the tooth (and Shea Weber isn’t walking through that door).

Foster isn’t renowned for being a shutdown guy by any means, yet he boasts impressive size and a ferocious slap shot.

(He’s also known for recovering from a frightening injury that brought icing rules into question.)

The big blueliner bounced around the league in 2010-11, playing 51 total games between the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils and Minnesota Wild. He also stayed active during the lockout by playing in Finland.

It’s unlikely he’ll be a significant difference-maker, but the Flyers could certainly use more depth.

UPDATE (1/13/13 8:36 a.m. ET): Anthony SanFilippo of the Flyers’ website reports they will sign him. One year, $950,000.

  1. lordfletcher - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    He has size (and doesn’t use it well), has a power slap shot (hits the glass 9/10 times) … isn’t solid but if you need a Dman, you need a Damn.

    He is a great dude and as a Wild fan I wish him the best. I always wanted him to work out here (twice) but that didn’t happen.

    best of luck in Philly Kurt.

  2. broadstbully33 - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Rather have him then slow poke Lilja

    • Jaja.. - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      +1

      It’s not Shea Weber but it’s okay to have extra, you never know..
      If he doesn’t play very well you just healthy scratch him or move him to the AHL.

  3. bricktop02 - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Hey lord how bad was his injury?

    • lordfletcher - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      which one LOL. He should be going into your camp healthy and just fine for the season (I believe)

      I just want to hammer home the player he is. Horrid Dman, I mean that, he cannot defend well at all….. great shot for the PP but it doesn’t hit the goalie / net nearly enough…. he is big but doesn’t use his body…. expect him to play on the PP and that’s about it…. this isn’t a ‘big’ signing and Philly will still be looking to add D elsewhere most likely.

      again, best of luck to him. I really want to see him turn it around, very likable guy

  4. broadstbully33 - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Broken collar bone

    • caucasian1975 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:22 PM

      Broken femur

      • Jaja.. - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:41 PM

        And a broken skate blade

  5. bricktop02 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Can he be worst than Pavel Kubina? And I guess Matt Walker is never going to play again.

  6. philly4lyfe - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    ill tak e him over lilja/kubina

  7. jimw81 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    2 year deal

  8. bricktop02 - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    I think I’d rather have a bag of pucks & a water bottle than this guy.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:58 PM

      So who would you rather the Flyers get?

  9. phillyphannn83 - Jan 12, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    ummmm losing Carle was a plus, he is turnover city and would never engage an oncoming skater. he simply backed up into his own goalie and let the other guy shoot

  10. orangeandblack67 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Lord thanks for the insight. Could his shot benefit the flyers with a good forecheck? Does he have any upside to his play in the D zone?

    • lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:44 AM

      he rarely got any play on the Wilds defense near the end of the season if I remember correctly and our D-core was not strong at the time. Injured and very young, also Suter still in Nashville (Obviously)

      His is a big body Dman that doesn’t play defense well at all. Skating is not a strong suit, he doesn’t get the puck up to his forwards fast, but isn’t the worst at this either…. he rarely uses his size to lay a big hit or position himself well along the boards…. what he does have is a killer shot that needs to be more accurate for goals or rebounds more importantly and he does position himself well offensively.. I always figure he would learn to use his body and defensive positioning would come over time but for whatever reason it doesn’t click with him in his own zone… I can’t remember back far enough to the days he got injured in San Jose (broken leg) but I think he has never advanced as a defenseman since then. He relies on his shot and GM’s love his size and hope he plays better for them than he has with others….. he did have a pretty good start with the Devils last year scoring but not defensively before being sent to MN in the Zidlicky deal.

      I hope he turns it around for ya, but don’t expect him to be anything more than a bottom pairing defender and or an optional healthy scratch. I would assume the Flyers will make a deal for a defender on deadline day or just before then

  11. bricktop02 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I would have liked the flyers to go for Cody Franson.

  12. bricktop02 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Good stuff lord.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Lord knows his stuff, at least Wild wise. Only because I mainly agree with everything he says and he’s accurate. But I’m a Wild fan too if you couldn’t guess

  13. mclovinhockey - Jan 13, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    Idea!!! Have him take his slapped with hartnell in front of the net… Or well on the side of the net… The puck is bound to deflect off him and in sooner or later, intentional or not : )

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