I was surprised hoe inactive the Minnesota Wild board is. Is college hockey more popular than the NHL there?
No; it's just that rollerblading, bicycling, canoeing, hiking, and camping are more popular than surfing the net here. That's pretty much the deal, I think. Summers are short here, and we tend to spend them outside. Our boards don't get much traffic during the offseason, unfortunately.
... just to add a little history on Kurtis from a Wild fan ... As you may know, Foster has an absolute cannon for a shot. Whenever a player (on other team or his team)
has the misfortune to get hit with one of his shots we usually said, he got "Fostered". I've more than a few times where an unfortunate player needed to leave the game after being "Fostered".
Originally Posted by vitogor
Jeez, quit signing our players
Best of luck to Foster. I've never been a big fan of him as a player to be honest, but he's just a great great person by all accounts, and we were all pulling for him here in Minny to come back from that injury. And come back he did, and played very admirably down the stretch last season.
I agree with both of these guys. He's just a terrific guy, very decent man, nobody doesn't like Kurtis. Solid teammate. His shot from the point is as hard as almost anyone's in the league - I mean, it's just a friggin' bazooka - and he almost always gets it on net. Not like Kuba, who was lucky if he kept it in the lower bowl. And the fact that he came back from that horrendous injury at all says a lot about his courage and his dedication to the game - that was one of the ugliest hockey injuries I've ever seen. I mean, his leg was underneath him pointing backwards. It's amazing to me that he ever even skated again. A lot of players would have called it a career right then and there.
The downside is, he's really not that great of a defenseman overall. Right now, at this point in his career, his main value is as a powerplay specialist and serviceable fill-in when your 4th or 5th D go down with injuries. The frustrating thing is, he skates like a 6'5", 220 pound guy, but he doesn't hit like a 6'5", 220 pound guy. Kind of the worst of both worlds - a little bit awkward on his skates, and just doesn't use his size at all. He's also prone to frequent mental lapses in his own zone.
If your staff can coach him up a bit, teach him to use that size and be more responsible defensively, you might have a pretty damned decent defenseman there. And he's still young enough, at 27 (IIRC), that it's still possible. I just wouldn't count on it, if i were you. He's probably a good addition to your team, but take him for what he is and don't be too disappointed if he doesn't exceed your expectations. He doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who exceeds many expectations.
I wish him the best of luck. Most Wild fans won't lose too much sleep over him, but at the same time he's well-remembered and well-regarded for his time here. Maybe a change of scene will help him step up his game a bit.