Devils Acquire Defensmen Kurtis Foster In Trade With Anaheim

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 23: Kurtis Foster #6 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrates his goal to trail 5-3 to the Phoenix Coyotes during the second period at Honda Center on October 23, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Devils acquire some much-needed defensive help in a trade with the Ducks.

The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster and goalie Timo Pielmeier from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Rod Pelley, defenseman Mark Fraser and a seventh-round pick in 2012.

The 30-year-old Foster totaled one goal and one assist in nine games this season with the Ducks -- a year that did not get underway for the Ontario native until late October due to thigh issues that arose from surgery several years ago to repair a broken left leg.

New Jersey will be the fifth stop in less than four seasons for Foster, who totaled eight goals and 22 points in 74 games with Edmonton a year ago.

A deal was necessary since New Jersey is missing Andy Greene for the next four weeks due to a non-displaced toe fracture and Anton Volchenkov -- who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day -- to an undisclosed hand issue.

Pelley went scoreless in seven games for the Devils this season, while Fraser failed to produce a point in four appearances thus far.

For the Devils' perspective, visit In Lou We Trust. For the Ducks angle, visit Anaheim Calling.

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