By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
After a 113-day lockout, it took Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren less than twelve hours to make his first transaction of the 2013 NHL season.
But the ever-aggressive Holmgren did not make a glamour free agent signing or pull the trigger on a season-altering trade. Instead, Holmgren’s first move was to sign 31-year old journeyman defenseman Kurtis Foster to a one year, $950,000 contract.
Foster becomes the new addition to a glut of candidates immediately capable of filling the role as sixth defenseman, including new addition Bruno Gervais and veteran Andreas Lilja.
Still, considering his relatively low-risk contract, nature of the shortened 2013 season, and unique skill set, Foster could provide solid value for the Flyers over the next few months.
New York Times sportswriter Chris Botta tweeted on Saturday that the Flyers considered giving Foster a two-year contract. Fortunately for Philadelphia, the actual term lasts through the c...