Tag: Kurtis Foster


Video: Carolina’s Pitkanen stretchered off after icing crash


Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen left Tuesday’s contest with the Washington after this ugly incident on an icing play with Caps forward Troy Brouwer:

There was no word at the time of the severity of Pitkanen’s injury.

The 29-year-old blueliner has one goal and eight assists in 22 games with the Hurricanes this season. He’d already missed extensive time with a lower-body injury.

Tim Gleason, Bobby Sanguinetti and Jiri Tlusty helped wheel Pitkanen off in the stretcher to a strong applause from the PNC Arena crowd.

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Kurtis Foster, who suffered a serious leg injury on an icing race a few years ago, contacted Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune shortly after the Pitkanen injury:


NHL on NBC: Penguins, Flyers renew acquaintances

Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux

There will be no love lost on Saturday when the Flyers and Penguins meet at the Wells Fargo Center (3 p.m. ET, NBC.)

The two teams will renew what’s become the NHL’s fiercest rivalry, setting the tone for a condensed regular season in which they’ll meet four times over the next 65 days.

Highlighting the rivalry will be the head-to-head grudge match between Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby and Philadephia’s newly-anointed captain, Claude Giroux.

Giroux’s breakout 2011-12 campaign put him in both the star category and conversation with Crosby for the best player in the game.

Giroux heightened the debate in the playoffs, scoring 14 points in the series win over Pittsburgh, punctuating the victory with this sequence in Game 6:


Afterward, Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette called Giroux “the best player in the world” while Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik admitted he was “the best player on the ice.”

The wild and emotional series hasn’t been forgotten by either party.

During the summer, Giroux told a reporter his surgically repaired wrists were a result of Crosby hacking and slashing him during the playoffs.

Crosby responded by saying he didn’t recall injuring Giroux but that if he did, he wasn’t sorry about it.

As for the impact the loss had on No. 87 — well, it’s still fresh in his mind.

“I remember at different points, just kind of being in shock,” Crosby told the Post-Gazette recently. “A lot of different flashes go through my mind when I think about the series.

“Basically, what it came down to was, we didn’t deserve to win. We didn’t play well enough, all the way through.”

Tale of the Tape

Pittsburgh Penguins (2011-12) Philadelphia Flyers (2011-12)
Record: 51-25-6, 108 PTS (2nd in Atlantic; 4th in Eastern Conference) Record: 47-26-9, 103 PTS (3rd in Atlantic; 5th in Eastern Conference)
Leading Scorer: Evgeni Malkin (50G-59A-109 PTS) Leading Scorer: Claude Giroux (28G-65A-93 PTS)
Goalie: Marc-Andre Fleury (42-17-4, 2.36 GAA) Goalie: Ilya Bryzgalov: (33-16-7, 2.48 GAA)

Projected Lines


Scott Hartnell-Claude Giroux-Brayden Schenn
Max Talbot- Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
Wayne Simmonds-Scott Laughton-Matt Read
Ruslan Fedotenko-Eric Wellwood-Zac Rinaldo

Braydon Coburn-Nicklas Grossman
Kimmo Timonen-Luke Schenn
Andrej Meszaros-Kurtis Foster


Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi-Evgeni Malkin-James Neal
Matt Cooke-Brandon Sutter-Tyler Kennedy
Tanner Glass-Joe Vitale-Craig Adams

Matt Niskanen-Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin
Simon Despres-Deryk Engelland

Reminder: If you’re unable to watch on TV, download NBC Sports Live Extra here or here.

Flyers make it official, sign Foster to one-year, $950K deal

Kurtis Foster

Late last night we shared a report about the Flyers being likely to sign former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster and this morning the team has confirmed they’ve done just that.

The team announced they signed the veteran blue liner to a one-year deal. CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio reports the deal is worth $950,000.

Since the Flyers aren’t going to have Chris Pronger this season (or perhaps ever again) and with Kimmo Timonen, Andrej Meszaros, and Andreas Lilja all coming back from injuries, having more veteran depth never hurts. Foster may not be fleet of foot at this point of his career, but he still has a heavy shot to use from the blue line.

Kurtis Foster signs in Finnish league

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SM-liiga club Tappara has added some blueline talent by signing former Minnesota Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster to a lockout deal.

Foster, 30, is perhaps best known for his horrific leg break in 2008 after a check from San Jose’s Torrey Mitchell on an icing play.

The then-Wild blueliner suffered a broken femur that cost him over 100 games and almost a full year off skates — but, to his credit, he was able to resume his NHL career and later named a finalist for the 2010 Masterton Memorial Trophy.

Since the injury, Foster has re-emerged as a good offensive defenseman and power play specialist, though his 2011-12 season was one to forget as he bounced from Anaheim to New Jersey to Minnesota (with a stop in AHL Syracuse), appearing in just 51 regular season contests all told.

Foster is currently an unrestricted free agent.

Zidlicky was “a really good acquisition” for Devils, says Parise

Marek Zidlicky

When people talk about the Devils’ aggressive forecheck, most of the discussion involves the forwards. After all, the forwards are the ones chasing down pucks and turning them over.

But New Jersey captain Zach Parise knows the importance of an active defense to the style his team plays.

“That’s so important,” he said today. “It’s hard when your ‘D’ aren’t allowed to pinch and when your ‘D’ aren’t allowed to get involved, because you’re playing 3-on-5 all night. That’s too hard. It makes the game too hard and it makes scoring too hard. Once our ‘D’ started to be allowed to jump into the play and get involved in the offense, it opened some things up for everybody.

“It opens up second opportunities. You’re allowed to get more offensive zone time. They’ve done a great job in the playoffs keeping pucks alive, keeping cycles going and really hemming teams in their own zone. From a forward’s standpoint, it’s kind of a relief to get those ‘D’ men involved. It just makes life a lot easier.”

One defenseman in particular Parise says has helped is Marek Zidlicky. The Devils acquired the underutilized 35-year-old from Minnesota in February, sending defenseman Kurtis Foster and forwards Nick Palmieri and Stephane Veilleux to the Wild in return.

“[Zidlicky’s] skating ability, his patience with the puck has really helped us out a lot up front and kept plays alive,” said Parise. “He makes a great first outlet pass. That was a really good acquisition for us that really gave us a new attack and a new dynamic that we were somewhat lacking.”