The Edmonton Oilers, who incurred one of the highest man games lost to injury ratios in the entire NHL the past two seasons, are determined to do something about it.
The Oilers signed monster D man Kurtis Foster to a two year, $1.8M per contact today. The 6′, 5″, 230-pound blueliner scored 40+ points for the Lightning last season. Previously he patrolled the blue line in Minnesota.
Foster and Jim Vandermeer, picked off waivers yesterday after being released by Phoenix, provide Edmonton with formidable size along the blueline, which theoretically should make the Oil tougher to play against.
Stay tuned…more undoubtedly up Tambellini’s sleeve.
In the meantime Oiler fans, keep your chins up and your sticks down.
With the signing of Foster, Sheldon Souray’s days in an Oiler jersey are undoubtedly over. Expect to see Souray shipped out in the coming days, if not hours, once an appropriate deal presents itself to Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini.
Tambellini is also reportedly still shopping for a pugilist.
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Written by Scott Pattison
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