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I heard this rumor earlier today it seems to be taking up speed. As the Flyers will sign Foster once the CBA is ratified by the players union.

Foster has struggled some since he broke his leg a few years back. Prior to being traded to the Wild last spring he was playing regularly with the Devils. The Wild really didn't have a need for him once they signed Suter this summer. Foster has been playing in Finland and broke his collar bone Nov 20th.

Bad luck, injury prone? yeah probably, but I think he's will be a good depth acquisition by Holmgren if it the deal goes through.

Foster is 31 6'5 225lb, skates fairly well with a right handed shot.

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I heard this rumor earlier today it seems to be taking up speed. As the Flyers will sign Foster once the CBA is ratified by the players union.

Foster has struggled some since he broke his leg a few years back. Prior to being traded to the Wild last spring he was playing regularly with the Devils. The Wild really didn't have a need for him once they signed Suter this summer. Foster has been playing in Finland and broke his collar bone Nov 20th.

Bad luck, injury prone? yeah probably, but I think he's will be a good depth acquisition by Holmgren if it the deal goes through.

Foster is 31 6'5 225lb, skates fairly well with a right handed shot.

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Hmmmm, so all of a sudden our defense has Schenn, Grossman and Foster. I think Foster is the least physical of the 3, but much more physical than Coburn ( I know, that's not to hard, ha ha!). For a team that was supposed to inferior in the on the physicality front, we are shaping up as a pretty tough group. Those guys are gonna be tough to play against, Me likey! Overall, the d is still thin as a unit, which we all know.

I really covet Alexander Elder, he's a young star that is only going to get better. The other guy who would look great in O&B is Kieth Yandle. You just don't see many Cup winning teams that does not have that one big stud d-man to eat up minutes and shine on the pp. We need that big go to guy. I love Braydon Schenn and think he's gonna be a big time player, but I'd give him up in a package to get one of those two guys....but it would be very, very painful to part with Braydon.

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Hmmmm, so all of a sudden our defense has Schenn, Grossman and Foster. I think Foster is the least physical of the 3, but much more physical than Coburn ( I know, that's not to hard, ha ha!). For a team that was supposed to inferior in the on the physicality front, we are shaping up as a pretty tough group. Those guys are gonna be tough to play against, Me likey! Overall, the d is still thin as a unit, which we all know.

I really covet Alexander Elder, he's a young star that is only going to get better. The other guy who would look great in O&B is Kieth Yandle. You just don't see many Cup winning teams that does not have that one big stud d-man to eat up minutes and shine on the pp. We need that big go to guy. I love Braydon Schenn and think he's gonna be a big time player, but I'd give him up in a package to get one of those two guys....but it would be very, very painful to part with Braydon.

Difficult but realistic. That's a reasonable perspective as opposed to daydreamers throwing out a second round pick. I'd be surprised if it would be scheme though because of the impact on Luke. Handle would be a great find for anyone, but with Doan returning I don't see him going anywhere.

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@Digityman

Yep. Losing Carle on the PP created an opportunity for someone. Meszaros might be iffy for awhile. I doubt if L. Schenn is really going to play much in that role. As I see Schenn and Grossman having strong roles on the PK. Foster has more size and strength to Gustafsson. Both Foster and Gervais would give us two sets of PP units with a right handed shot.

Possible PP combinations could be Foster / Timonen and Gervais / Coburn / Meszaros

It also gives us more options with 5 on 5 against teams like Devils and Lightning who play the trap.

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@Digityman

Yep. Losing Carle on the PP created an opportunity for someone. Meszaros might be iffy for awhile. I doubt if L. Schenn is really going to play much in that role. As I see Schenn and Grossman having strong roles on the PK. Foster has more size and strength to Gustafsson. Both Foster and Gervais would give us two sets of PP units with a right handed shot.

Possible PP combinations could be Foster / Timonen and Gervais / Coburn / Meszaros

It also gives us more options with 5 on 5 against teams like Devils and Lightning who play the trap.

If that's your rundown, I'd play timonen on one unit, mesz on the other, and find forwards to play the other point. You have to have wheels there to chase back and NONE of your d-men in that list have wheels.

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Meszaros probably won't be ready to play next weekend. Your right though compared to some other d-men the Flyers lack overall speed. I wouldn't though include Coburn in that group however.

I guess it will be up to Bryz to stop the puck on shortie breakout attempts. :blink:

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Is Coburn that fast?

He is. Not quick, but once he gets going his long strides propels him pretty good. He can even make some end-to-end rushes at times. Problem is he doesn't know what to do with the puck once he gets to the other end. The guy is seemingly full of untapped potential. A bit frustrating watching him develop so incrementally. I think it took him 2 years to recover from that terrible broken jaw/concussion suffered against your Pens in the playoffs. He was playing his best hockey at the time. Was our best D-men in that series until getting hurt. He hasn't reay gotten back to that point IMO

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meltzer on foster:

Foster, 31, is not a 20-minute player, either. He has not been the same player ever since breaking his femur in March 2008. Never the swiftest of skaters even before the on-ice accident, the 6-foot-5, 226 pound defenseman lost an additional step.

Ever since then, he has bounced around the NHL. Last season, he played a combined 51 games for Anaheim, New Jersey and Minnesota. In all, he's played for six different NHL teams, and had two stints with the Wild.

Despite his imposing size, Foster is not an especially physical player. Rather, he's an offensive-minded defenseman; rather underrated as a passer and one of the hardest shooters in the NHL. He has a 100-mile-per-hour slapshot when he takes a full windup and is adept at one-timers that he can release faster than most players his size. He's also had as many as 34 assists in an NHL season and had 9 helpers in his 28-game stint with the Devils last year.

After the broken leg, Foster has become more of a power-play specialist and sixth defenseman. That's unfortunate, because he seemed to have higher potential that that as a young player in Atlanta and Minnesota. By all accounts, he is a positive locker room presence and has a good work ethic at practice. He just has limitations on the ice.

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He is. Not quick, but once he gets going his long strides propels him pretty good. He can even make some end-to-end rushes at times. Problem is he doesn't know what to do with the puck once he gets to the other end. The guy is seemingly full of untapped potential. A bit frustrating watching him develop so incrementally. I think it took him 2 years to recover from that terrible broken jaw/concussion suffered against your Pens in the playoffs. He was playing his best hockey at the time. Was our best D-men in that series until getting hurt. He hasn't reay gotten back to that point IMO

I think that series is why I still considered him your best all around defensive defenseman until Grossman came aboard. Thanks!

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TSN and CSNPhilly have it as all but a done deal, to be announced today. They are unsure of length, but Meltzer claims it is rumoured to be a 2-year deal.

THat's a little more annoying... seems Homer just can't do 1 year deals.

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TSN and CSNPhilly have it as all but a done deal, to be announced today. They are unsure of length, but Meltzer claims it is rumoured to be a 2-year deal.

THat's a little more annoying... seems Homer just can't do 1 year deals.

2 years is a bit much I agree.

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