By David Strehle (@David_Strehle)
After playing one season with the Philadelphia Flyers, veteran NHL defenseman Kurtis Foster has signed with Medvescak Zagreb of the KHL.
The 31-year-old had been inked to a one-year contract by the Flyers just prior to the lockout-delayed 2012/13 campaign, when GM Paul Holmgren was left scrambling to put together a competent blue line following unsuccessful bids to land UFA Ryan Suter and RFA Shea Weber the previous summer.
Like most of the team’s defenders, the 6′ 5″, 225-pound rear guard struggled with consistency for much of the season. In 23 games, Foster managed a goal and five points, while racking up 25 PIMs for Philadelphia.
Foster’s time in the league will probably be best remembered for a horrific career-threatening injury he sustained in the spring of 2008 while skating for the Wild, when he went heavily into the end boards after a race with then-San Jose Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell on an icing touch up.
Foster had to have a rod insert...