Kurtis Foster is expected to help New Jersey's power play
The New Jersey Devils cut ties with forward Rod Pelley and defenseman Mark Fraser on Monday, shipping them to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Kurtis Foster and minor league goaltender Timo Pielmeier.
Foster, 30, who was drafted 40th overall by Calgary in 2000, has 340 games of NHL experience with Atlanta, Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Edmonton and Anaheim. He has 38 goals and 105 assists for 143 career points, along with 256 penalty minutes.
Following four seasons of major junior hockey with Peterborough (OHL), where he once had a 17-goal campaign, Foster turned pro with the AHL's Chicago Wolves in 2001-02 before making his NHL debut one season later with the Thrashers. He has one goal and an assist along with eight penalty minutes in nine NHL games so far this fall.
"He's a right-handed shot and really a power play specialist," said Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello at NJ.com.
The 6'5", 226-pound Foster has scored 17 power-play goals in his NHL regular season career to date, and also carries a minus-23 rating.
Pielmeier, 22, was drafted in the third round by the Ducks in 2007 and played in one game with Anaheim last year, stopping seven of 12 shots in 40 minutes in his NHL debut. A native of Germany, he spent two seasons in Cologne before coming to North America. He played junior hockey in the QMJHL with St. John's and Shawinigan and has split most of his professional career between Syracuse (AHL) and Elmira (ECHL). He also went 27-22-5 with Bakersfield (ECHL) in 2009-10.
Is the Pelley/Fraser for Foster/Pielmeier Trade a Good One for the Devils?
Pelley, 27, a four-year letterman at Ohio State University, was scoreless in seven games with the Devils this season. In 211 NHL outings (all with New Jersey), he has tallied seven goals and 19 assists for 26 points while also chalking up 93 penalty minutes.
Fraser, 25, had been limited to four games with the Devils this fall and also went scoreless. A third-round choice of New Jersey in 2005, he has three goals and five assists for eight points in 98 career NHL games, along with 86 penalty minutes.
"When you have such quality individuals (like Pelley and Fraser) who've given you so much each and every day in practice and in the locker room as support, you try and do the best for them," said Lamoriello. "This is a win situation for both teams."
According to capgeek.com, Pelley and Fraser each had a cap hit of $550,000, while Foster's was $1.8 million. Pielmeier was not listed.