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Foster signs with KHL club

Jul 30, 2013, 12:26 PM EST

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A veteran of six different NHL teams, defenseman Kurtis Foster has signed with KHL club Medvescak Zagreb.

Foster spent last season with the Philadelphia Flyers, scoring once and adding four assists in 23 games.

The 31-year-old is perhaps best known for coming back from a broken leg that he suffered on March 20, 2008, while playing for the Minnesota Wild.

In the press release announcing his signing, Medvescak lauded Foster’s big shot and said he should be the team’s top defender.

Foster’s best offensive NHL season came in 2009-10 when he racked up 42 points for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  1. lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    In Russia, a corn dog could be your best defender.

  2. rebekah319 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Don’t be mean Foster is a good guy I wish him the best :) Glad I got to have him twice in MN!

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      I’m not being mean, just saying Russians stink at defense. Foster > corn dog.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    I’ve seen now this summer at least two NHLers who from their names would not speak any Russian sign with the KHL. Am wondering how that’s gonna work out.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Lots of guys go play in Europe. If you’re going to spend most of the year in the AHL or ECHL and aren’t expecting a call up, you can make a lot more money overseas.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:46 PM

        Just as some guys who are not drafted by an NBA team and not given a good free agent op go to Europe instead of the CBA. My point was that they must have concluded there was no interested in them playing with an NHL parent club.

        In contrast, it’s a lot easier for a Russian NHL player to go back as some can make more, especially net, now (vs deferred and subject to our tax rates).

    • tommy456 - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM

      In his case, at least, that will be no issue – nearly entire roster and coaching staff of Medvescak Zagreb consists of Canadians and Americans

  4. twpguy1964 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    He might be a good person but as far as a player goes, He proves you can pile sh*t 6 and a half feet high. TERRIBLE

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      I don’t remember seing him play, especially recently. And it occurs to me that unless a N. American born person had an intense interest in Russian history, culture.., that going to the KNL means that no NHL team had an interest.

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