The New Jersey Devils are wasting no time in getting newly acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster onto the ice. Foster will be making his debut tonight against the Florida Panthers at the BankAtlantic Center 7:30 p.m. (TV: MSG+).
The Devils acquired Foster (and minor league goaltender Timo Pielmeier) from Anaheim for Rod Pelley, Mark Fraser and a seventh-round draft pick on Dec. 12. Foster described how he found out about the move:
We had a 1 o'clock practice yesterday, and I got called off the ice about 10 minutes in," Foster said. "[Ducks GM] Bob Murray told me they were going to move me, but couldn't tell me where yet. So I was showered and ready to go, not really knowing where. As I drove home, he gave me a call and told me 'The Devils.' (Via NY Post)
Foster joined the team in Florida after catching a 5:45 a.m. flight in Dallas. Foster is expected to help New Jersey on the power play. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello explained his reasons for picking up Foster
He's a right-handed shot and really a power play specialist," general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "His shot is what intrigues you. Also, he played under Jacques Lemaire in Minnesota. He had an injury after that and recovered from it and was also here in Tampa Bay under Adam Oates. We've seen him and played against him but there is nothing like (the opinions) of two people he worked under. (via NJ.com)