Saturday, January 12, 2013

Flyers sign Foster in first post-lockout move

January 13, 2013

It didn't take long for the Flyers to make their first post lockout move.

Announced on their website Sunday morning, the Flyers have signed veteran defenseman Kurtis Foster.

Reports broke last night that Foster would sign with Philadelphia as soon as the NHL and NHLPA signed the Memorandum of Understanding and teams were allowed to deal with free agents again.

Chris Johnston of the Canadian Press broke the news that the memo had been signed late last night, and TSN's Bob McKenzie reported via Twitter that teams could make trades and signings at midnight.

Now the deal is official, and Foster will be at training camp. The team's press release states that he will be wearing No. 3.'s Anthony SanFilippo reports via Twitter that Foster's contract is for one year and $950,000.

Foster, 31, played for three different teams in the 2011-12 campaign, playing nine games for Anaheim, 14 for Minnesota and 28 for New Jersey.

Foster averaged 15:07 of ice time with a -5 rating in Anaheim.

In Minnesota, he averaged 13:52 with a +1 rating and 17:09 with a -9 rating in New Jersey.

Foster is not a star defenseman, but at 6'-5" and 226 lbs., he will add size and depth to a Flyers defense that is questionable right now.

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