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Kurtis Foster signs one-year deal with Flyers

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Kurtis Foster is your newest Flyers defenseman.

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

Hey, defensive help! The Flyers have announced that they've signed free agent defenseman Kurtis Foster to a one-year contract. According to the team, it's a one-year, $950,000 deal.

As we mentioned yesterday in discussing Foster's potential acquisition, he's a big body with a booming shot that could potentially help on the power play. The biggest downside with Foster is his injury history, which has severely impacted both his physical game (despite his size) and his mobility. All in all, he's another depth guy for the Flyers and the cheap deal -- he'll actually earn closer to $550,000 thanks to the short season -- is a pretty safe one for the team.

Heading into camp, which starts later Sunday in Voorhees, the Flyers have eight defensemen: Foster, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn, Andrej Meszaros, Nicklas Grossmann, Luke Schenn, Andreas Lilja and Bruno Gervais. Foster will wear No. 3. Let's hope this ends better than it did with Mike Rathje.

Foster played with Anaheim, Minnesota and New Jersey last season. It was during a previous stint with the Wild that Foster suffered a nasty leg injury when he and Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell collided while chasing after a puck on an icing play. The 2008 play has been used as Exhibit A in the push behind eliminating touch icing from the game.

Foster has played 11 seasons in the NHL. He was drafted 40th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.