Tag:Kurtis Foster
Posted on: December 12, 2011 6:39 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2011 6:41 pm

Devils acquire Kurtis Foster from Ducks

By: Adam Gretz

With only one game on the NHL schedule on Monday night it appeared as if we were going to be in for a rather slow night. And then all hell broke loose. Fines, a coaching change, and now, a trade.

Less than two hours before the start of their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the New Jersey Devils announced that they have acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster and goaltender Timo Pielmeier from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Mark Fraser, forward Rod Pelley and a 2012 seventh-round draft pick.

Foster is the name that will make the biggest immediate impact with a booming slap shot and some offensive ability from the point, two things the Devils could desperately use right now, currently owning the 26th ranked power play in the NHL entering play on Monday. In nine games this season Foster has scored one goal to go with one assist.

The Devils leading scorer among defensemen is currently rookie Adam Larsson with two goals and eight assists. The only other defenseman on the team to score a goal is Mark Fayne.

This will be Foster's fifth team in the past five years, as he has also spent time with the Minnesota Wild, Edmonton Oilers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ducks. In 74 games last season, all with Edmonton, he scored eight goals to go with 14 assists, which came one year after he tallied a career-high 42 points in 71 games with Tampa Bay. Eight of his 16 goals over the past two years have come on the power play.

He is currently in the last year of a two-year contract that averages $1.8 million per season.

Fraser has appeared in four games for the Devils this season and recorded no points and 14 penalty minutes. In seven games, Pelley also has no points and seven penalty minutes.

Along with Foster, the Devils are also getting Pielmeier, a former third-round pick by the Sharks in 2007, that has been playing with the Elmira Jackals of the East Coast Hockey League. He's appeared in one NHL game.

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 10:05 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2011 11:01 pm

Taylor Fedun taken off on stretcher

By: Adam Gretz

During the most recent NHL Research and Development camp the league tested different variations of icing, including no-touch icing and a hybrid icing that would be a combination of the touch and no-touch rule.

Over the years there have been somes calls for the NHL to go with the no-touch rule for one primary reason: two players racing to beat an icing call, while exciting, can also be terribly dangerous. Example: Kurtis Foster, formerly of the Minnesota Wild, who broke his leg in a race for the puck back in 2008 (video here).

On Friday night, during the Oilers-Wild game in Minnesota, Edmonton defenseman Taylor Fedun was taken off the ice on a stretcher with what is being described as a leg injury after he became tangled up in a similar race for the puck to negate a potential icing call.

Nystrom was given a five-minute major for boarding and a game-misconduct. Michael Russo of the Star-Tribute Tweeted that Fedun stepped on Nystrom's stick causing him to fall into the boards and that it shouldn't have been a penalty.

Whether it was a legitimate penalty or not, this will no doubt be another example used by those in favor of the league introducing no-touch icing, even though it has received little support from NHL general managers in recent years. The biggest criticism of it, aside from the fact that it would eliminate an exciting play, is that it would potentially hurt the flow of the game by adding more whistles and stoppages.

Take, for example, the words of Coyotes general manager Don Maloney back in August on this very subject, via Dan Rosen of NHL.com:
"I am not for no-touch icing whatsoever," Phoenix GM Don Maloney told NHL.com. "Watching enough other leagues that have the no-touch, what I don't like is when the play stops. The puck is still moving but all the players stop and wait for it to go over the goal line. It's a speed game and you're supposed to play to the whistle. I just don't like that. It just aesthetically looks poor."

Fedun spent the previous four years playing at Princeton where he scored 20 goals throughout his college career.

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