Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Reunion involving Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster doesn't pan out

TAMPA — Had circumstances been different, Thursday's game would have included a notable encounter. But Tampa Bay D Kurtis Foster was a healthy scratch, and San Jose C Torrey Mitchell, on long-term injured reserve with left knee tendinitis, did not make the trip.

The two have not been on the ice together since March 19, 2008, in San Jose, where Foster, then with the Wild and because of a careless play by Mitchell, broke his left leg, requiring surgery and costing him all but 10 games of 2008-09.

The injury occurred as Foster raced to create an icing. A push from behind by Mitchell sent Foster into the end boards, his leg broken so badly a steel rod was needed to stabilize it.

"I spoke to him right after the injury," Foster said. "He called me and wished me well and apologized almost too much. I told him not to worry about it. I knew he wasn't trying to hurt me. It was an uncareful thing to do, but things happen in games."

But that doesn't mean Foster has forgotten.

He said he begged off returning to action last season in San Jose because it felt "a little weird," and said finally playing there will be emotional.

"I remember I practiced there last year, and it was weird going back to that same spot," Foster said. "Anybody can tell you they try to forget, but they never really do. You've got to move on, though. I feel pretty good. I don't feel tentative. I don't feel nervous. Just go out there and hope for the best."

BOYLE-ING HOT: It has been almost 16 months since the Lightning traded Dan Boyle to the Sharks, and apparently, there are still raw emotions when it comes to Tampa Bay co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

Asked if he takes any satisfaction in Tampa Bay's struggles, the defenseman, part of Tampa Bay's 2004 Stanley Cup team who signed a six-year extension about four months before the trade, said:

"Knowing some of the guys I do know, I don't wish them anything bad. I want them to succeed. But selfishly, part of me, obviously, still has a problem with the guys up top."

That said, Boyle added, "There always will be a soft spot in my heart for Tampa."

As for how the Lightning played, Boyle, who scored his second goal of the season, said, "They are much improved from last year. They came out hard."

TOKARSKI RISING: It didn't take long for G Dustin Tokarski, one season from juniors, to pass Riku Helenius and earn the No. 1 job for AHL Norfolk.

"I expected that," organizational goaltenders coach Cap Raeder said. "He makes it simple. He has an economy of motion, and he has the ability to play a lot of games."

Tokarski, 20, who helped Canada to last year's world junior championship, is 2-2 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .926 save percentage.

"There are going to be some bumps in the road," Raeder said. "But he's a good one."

ODDS AND ENDS: D Matt Smaby (upper body) is skating, but has not been cleared to play. … Koules is in Hollywood for the premiere of Saw VI, which he produced. … D Lukas Krajicek also was scratched.

Damian Cristodero can be reached at

Reunion involving Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster doesn't pan out 10/22/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2009 12:22am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays sure made it interesting Sunday, taking an early lead, watching their beleaguered bullpen blow it, rallying to tie in the ninth, battling the Twins to take a lead in the 14th then giving it up again.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.