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Lightning Sign Free Agent Defenseman Kurtis Foster

Right-Handed Defenseman to Help on Power Play

Wednesday, 07.08.2009 / 7:26 PM / Bolts Report
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Lightning Sign Free Agent Defenseman Kurtis Foster
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.”

Foster, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, has played in 186 career NHL games with the Minnesota Wild and Atlanta Thrashers. He has amassed 21 career goals, 77 points and nine power play goals. In 2006-07 he led all Wild defensemen with 20 assists, was second in points with 23 and tied a franchise record with 13 power play assists. In 2005-06 he led all Minnesota defensemen in points with 28 and goals with 10 as a rookie. That season he ranked eighth in the NHL in points among rookie defensemen and was tied for second in goals. He has played in three career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all in 2007, recording two assists.

A native of Carp, Ontario, Foster played in 10 games with the Wild last season after recovering from a broken leg. He notched one goal and six points with a plus-7 rating. Foster also played in six games with the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League, recording a goal and six points.

Foster was signed as a free agent by the Wild on August 4, 2005. His rights were acquired by Atlanta along with Jeff Cowan from Calgary in exchange for Petr Buzek and a sixth round pick in 2004 on December 18, 2001. He was originally drafted Calgary in the second round, 40th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.


      Regular Season   Playoffs      
Season   Team   League GP G A   P +/- PIM   GP   G   A   P   PIM  
1997-98  Peterborough OHL  39 1 1 2 - 45 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99  Peterborough OHL  54 2 13 15 - 59 5 0 0 0 6
1999-00  Peterborough OHL  68 6 18 24 - 116 5 1 2 3 4
2000-01  Peterborough OHL  62 17 24 41 - 78 7 1 1 2 10
2001-02  Chicago AHL  39 6 9 15 - 59 14 1 1 2 21
  Peterborough OHL  33 10 4 14 - 58 - - - - -
2002-03  Chicago AHL  75 15 27 42 - 159 9 1 3 4 14
  Atlanta NHL 2 0 0 0 -2 0 - - - - -
2003-04  Chicago AHL  67 11 19 30 - 95 10 0 3 3 12
  Atlanta NHL 3 0 1 1 0 0 - - - - -
2004-05  Cincinnati AHL  78 17 25 42 - 71 9 2 3 5 28
2005-06  Houston AHL  19 4 11 15 - 32 - - - - -
  Minnesota NHL 58 10 18 28 -3 60 - - - - -
2006-07  Minnesota NHL 57 3 20 23 -3 52 3 0 2 2 0
2007-08  Minnesota NHL 56 7 12 19 0 37 - - - - -
2008-09  Minnesota NHL 10 1 5 6 7 6 - - - - -
  Houston AHL  6 1 5 6 - 6 - - - - -
NHL Totals      186 21 56 77 -1 155 3 0 2 2 0