Ducks Acquire Defenseman Foster for Sutton

Friday, 07.01.2011 / 5:24 PM / News
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Ducks Acquire Defenseman Foster for Sutton
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The Ducks have acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defenseman Andy Sutton.

Foster, 29 (11/24/81), collected 8-14=22 points with 45 penalty minutes (PIM) in 74 games with Edmonton last season. He finished tied for third on the Oilers in power play goals (5) and second in shots (182) while averaging 17:39 time-on-ice. A native of Carp, Ontario, Foster also led Edmonton defensemen in goals, and ranked third in scoring and appearances.

Foster Highlights

Originally selected by Calgary in the second round (40th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Foster has played eight NHL seasons with Atlanta (2002-04), Minnesota (2005-09), Tampa Bay (2009-10), and Edmonton (2010-11). In 331 career NHL games, the 6-5, 226-pound defenseman has scored 37-104=141 points with 248 PIM. A member of the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2004-05, Foster won the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as the AHL’s Man of the Year for service to his local community in 2003-04. He was originally acquired by Anaheim from Atlanta in exchange for Niclas Havelid on June 26, 2004.

Sutton, 36 (3/10/75), appeared in 39 games with the Ducks last season, earning 0-4=4 points with a +1 rating and 87 PIM. The 6-6, 245-pound defenseman finished the regular season ranked first on the club in road plus/minus (+6), fifth in blocked shots (87) and tied for first in shorthanded assists (2).

A native of London, Ontario, Sutton has played 13 NHL seasons with San Jose (1998-00), Minnesota (2000-02), Atlanta (2001-07), New York Islanders (2007-10), Ottawa (2009-10), and Anaheim (2010-11). In 624 career NHL games, he has compiled 35-105=140 points with 1,105 PIM.

Foster spoke to reporters via conference call on Frday afternoon:

On how he learned of the trade
I’m visiting my brother, introducing him to my new little baby, who is five weeks old. We were on our way home from being downtown and I got a bunch of texts saying I was traded to Anaheim. I was a little surprised. I just got off the phone with David McNab and I have a lot of excitement right now. I didn’t expect to get traded. Coming to a team like Anaheim, I have been part of the organization before and I know how well it is run. The players, like Ryan Getzlaf, Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry and the guys they have there now, it’s just exciting to get to play with these guys.

On the past year with Edmonton
It’s an amazing feeling to know last year we were rebuilding. We went through a long process of making ourselves better throughout the year. It was tough losing as much as we did.

On Anaheim
Going to a team like Anaheim, with the players they have, the coaching staff and the way they run the organization, they are in the thick of things every year to win the Stanley Cup. To know that I have a chance with Anaheim to go deep in the playoffs and maybe win a Cup is definitely really exciting. To play with those guys that they have there, it brings a smile to my face and my whole family’s face.

On his role
That will be something that I will hopefully be able to talk about more with Randy and the coaching staff. What I try to bring to the game is I want to play a solid all-around game and try to add as much offense as I can. With the players they have up front and even the defensemen they have, it’s really going to help with getting my shot through. I just try to chip in offensively and on the power play as much as I can. I looked at their d-men once I got traded, checked out. It’s a good solid core of guys who are already there. It makes me excited that it doesn’t matter who I will be paired with, it’s going to be a good defenseman.

One of the things that is a big benefit of playing against Anaheim and seeing them is that they always have two solid lines. Of course you have Bobby Ryan, Perry and Getzlaf. But also Teemu if he comes back, Saku and Jason Blake. Even the second unit is going to be good. No matter where I am placed, there will definitely be guys out there who will make me better and hopefully I can make them better.

On being fully recovered from a 2008 leg injury
I don’t even notice it anymore. When I’m training and skating, there is nothing that I do differently than what I would have done before. It’s not something that holds me back and I don’t have to pay an extra attention to it. I don’t even think about it.

When I was with Minnesota and had the injury, I came back and played 10 games. Then they basically changed the whole organization. They brought in a new GM and coach and decided to go in a different way. I signed with Tampa and they gave me an opportunity to show myself again. Last year, it was my decision. It came down to where it didn’t really work with Tampa. I thought Edmonton was the best situation for me and my family. Something like today where you get traded, it’s out of my control. I didn’t ask to be traded. I wanted to get back. I had their skating coach come in and work with me. I was getting ready to go back to Edmonton. I was disappointed I was traded. But at the same point, I’m really excited about the new beginning and hopefully I can make Anaheim my place for the future and stay there a long time.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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