Lightning Sign Free Agent Defenseman Kurtis Foster
Right-Handed Defenseman to Help on Power Play
“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.