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Wild/Devils Trade

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

According to multiple reports, Minnesota Wild defenseman Marek Zidlicky has agreed to waive his no-trade clause to come to the Devils and a trade is imminent.

Zidlicky is not taking part in pre-game warm-ups for Wild tonight in Dallas. Zidlicky was supposed to be in the Wild’s lineup tonight.

Defenseman Kurtis Foster was a late scratch for the Devils’ game tonight against Vancouver. He was supposed to return to the lineup after missing two games with a stiff back.

added 8:36pm, via NJ Devils tweet,

Devils acquire Marek Zidlicky from Wild for Kurtis Foster, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, 2nd rd pick in ‘12, conditional pick in ‘13.

adjusted the headline to reflect the trade being official

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Turnaround in Tampa Starts at the Top

Before a single tweak to the roster, the Tampa Bay Lightning were already poised for improvement in 2010-11. With the tumultuous era of previous ownership already behind them when the sale of the team to Jeff Vinik was completed late last season, gone in an instant were any and all off-ice concerns and the circus went back to being an annual visitor to the St. Pete Times Forum rather than a permanent resident. With the appointment of Steve Yzerman as general manager, credibility returned to the franchise and new head coach Guy Boucher was widely regarded as the hottest commodity on the off-season coaching market.

Without a solitary player move, hockey life in Tampa was good again.

But far be it from Yzerman to rest on the comfort that fans surely feel by him simply not being one of those other guys. The addition of former Flyers forward Simon Gagne headlines a list of shrewd off-season maneuvers for the rookie GM and the revamped roster could very well translate to the sort of on-ice success that will make Lightning followers quickly forgot about three non-playoff seasons gone by.

 

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Foster Goes To The Oilers

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Kurtis Foster agrees to terms with EDM. Two years, $1.8M per year

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Prayers Go Out For Kurtis & Stephanie Foster

from the Tampa Tribune,

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster and his wife, Stephanie, are mourning the death of their infant daughter Lila.

Lila Kimberly Foster was five days old when she died May 10 at Tampa Bay General Hospital, according to an obituary posted Wednesday on the website for the Peterborough (Ont.) Examiner newspaper. A cause of death was not given.

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Flames Not Happy With Hit On Bourque

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

No word on how badly Rene Bourque may be injured, how much time he’ll miss or what, exactly, is bothering him….

Bolts defenceman Kurtis Foster hopped out of the penalty box and slammed into Bourque from behind, leaving the Flames’ third-leading scorer dazed before heading to the locker-room.

“One, he’s an unsuspecting player. Two, it’s from behind. Make your own conclusion,” said Flames winger Jamal Mayers afterward.

“It’s gotta be a penalty.

“Any time you come out of the box, you can do that.”

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Foster Sees An Opportunity In Tampa

from Mike Davies of the Peterborough Examiner,

Kurtis Foster feels he has a lot to prove and will try to do that with his new team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The former Peterborough Petes’ defenceman made a comeback last season from a career-threatening leg injury, but the Minnesota Wild chose not to offer him a contract at season’s end.

Foster missed nearly a year of hockey after shattering his femur in a gruesome collision with the boards when he tripped racing for an icing call in a game against the San Jose Sharks. He played 10 games with the Wild last season, registering a goal, six points and a plus-seven rating.

Foster said new management in Minnesota seemed uninterested in re-signing him so he moved on inking a one-year deal with Tampa.

“I decided Tampa was the best opportunity,” Foster told The Examiner yesterday. “I talked to their GM (Brian Lawton) and he didn’t guarantee me anything, but he said if I came in great shape, work hard and play the way they think I can play, I’ll play a lot of minutes. That’s what I was looking for.”

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Lightning Sign Kurtis Foster

via the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Kurtis Foster today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.

“We are extremely excited about adding Kurtis as we continue to strengthen our blue line,” Lawton said. “He is a big, mobile defenseman that gives us a heavy shot for the power play.”

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Foster Back On the Ice

Minnesota Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster goes through a rigorous rehab to get back on the ice.

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Wild’s Foster Encourages Young Injured Player

From Michael Russo at the Star Tribune:

Thomas Royea is 15 years old. He’s only a sophomore in high school, so trust the hockey player when he says he wishes he hadn’t broken his femur.

But one special thing came from it. “It’s not every day a kid gets a call from an NHL player,” Royea said.

Royea, who lives in the small northern Michigan town of Negaunee, is a diehard Detroit Red Wings fan, but he’s now a Kurtis Foster fan for life.

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*thanks to a KK reader for passing this on

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Foster Back With The Wild

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Defenseman Kurtis Foster is officially back with the Wild, nearly a year after breaking his leg in San Jose.

“My time in Houston was a fun time, but I’m excited to be back with the team and back on the ice — hopefully tomorrow,” he said.

During a two-week rehab assignment in Houston, Foster had a goal and five assists, helping the Aeros go 6-0.

It will be hard cracking the Wild’s defense, however.

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added 4:44pm, Also from Shipley,

Wild winger Owen Nolan has a fractured toe and is out indefinitely, the team said today.

“In two or three days, when the swelling goes down, we’ll know more,” assistant general manager Tom Lynn said.

Because Andrew Brunette (knee) was able to practice today, and Colton Gillies has recovered from the flu, the Wild likely will not call a forward up from Houston for Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles.

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NHL Won’t Relax Rule For Foster

from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Last March 19, Kurtis Foster’s left femur snapped in half. Three people told Foster it was “the worst break they’ve ever seen in a person’s leg.”

Many people privately were skeptical he would ever play again. He still walks with a limp.

Yet here we are, a little more than nine months later, and the Wild defenseman is close to reporting to Houston for a conditioning stint….

Despite coming so far, Foster believes he is being rushed back by the NHL.

According to Section 13.8 of the collective bargaining agreement, teams are not permitted to send players to the minors on “conditioning loans” for longer than “14 consecutive days.”

Upon Foster’s request, the Wild begged the league to make an exception. The team offered up Foster’s medical records. The team offered to fly Foster to New York to be examined by NHL doctors.

Yet, the league refused to make an exception. If Foster is in Houston one second longer than two weeks, he will have to clear waivers.

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Minnesota Re-Signs Kurtis Foster

via press release:

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Kurtis Foster to a 2008-09 contract.

Update 4:48pm ET: Michael Russo notes that Foster’s salary is $1.025 million for the season.

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Pure Class

from Drew Remenda at Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

As Kurtis Foster was laying on a opererating table getting his leg repaired, the Minnesota Wild had quickly made arrangements to get his fiance to the San Jose. Chris Snow the Wild’s Director of Hockey Operations stayed behind to make sure Kurtis Foster was getting the best possible care by keeeping the communication going between the Wild and Sharks Medical Staff. One of Kurtis’ first visitors at the hospital was Greg Jamison. The Sharks President and CEO brought by a gift basket and showed some kindness to the injured Wild Defenseman. Shortly after GM Doug Wilson dropped by.

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It’s Not About No-Touch Icing

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

It was about as predictable as an episode of Three’s Company. The moment Kurtis Foster of the Minnesota Wild went hurtling into the boards and broke his leg last week trying to beat Torrey Mitchell of the San Jose Sharks to the puck, the usual hue and cry came from the hockey community calling for an immediate move to no-touch icing.

The loud dresser with the loud mouth who rules Canada during the first intermission on Saturday night was, of course, first in line, continuing to beat a nag that he has had for years.

How noble.

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*If you need a reminder, Campbell’s piece is partly in reference to this clip from Don Cherry on the latest Coach’s Corner.

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NHL Must Institute No-Touch Icing

from CBC Sports,

Cherry said the National Hockey League must institute no-touch icing precisely because Foster was forced to do what he did.

“Look, if you want to wear a visor, you can wear a visor, that’s your choice,” Cherry said to host Ron MacLean. “If you want to fight, you can fight, that’s your choice.

“[Foster] had no choice…. If he doesn’t go in, he’s chicken, and it’s too bad, what was he going to do? Hold up and let the guy go in? He has to go in, and that’s too bad.”

Update 10:07pm ET: Foster is currently healing, post-surgery.  Below, we’ve added Youtube footage of Don Cherry’s complete comments on the matter:

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Wild Dman Foster Out With Broken Leg

from Russo’s Rants,

As (Kurtis) Foster passed the goal line, he was hit from behind by an oncoming Torrey Mitchell and slammed headfirst into the lower part of the end boards at full-speed.

“It’s just one of those things that tell you that there should be automatic icing,” Sharks coach Ron Wilson said. “I guess that’s a play where the fans want to see a big car wreck like that.”

Mitchell, immediately realizing the severity of the situation, showed concern toward Foster.

“We both fell, so I don’t know if I lost an edge first or he lost an edge first,” Mitchell said. “I was coming in with a lot of speed and so was he. We collided. It wasn’t intentional. I asked him if he was OK when it was over and he said no. … I would never want to hurt anyone.”

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added 7:47am, you can view a video of the play using the TSN Video Player.

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