Kurtis Foster back in Minneapolis after horrifying crash


Good news from Wild PR spokesman Ryan Stanzel: Kurtis Foster is back home and recovering from his broken leg.

Defenseman Kurtis Foster, who sustained a displaced fracture of his left femur March 19 at San Jose, necessitating surgery, was transported by plane today from San Jose to Minneapolis. He will be admitted to an area hospital, where he will be evaluated by a team doctor, and where he will continue the physical therapy he has been undergoing daily at San Jose's O'Connor Hospital. He will be discharged when he is physically able to move about his home under his own power. There is no set timetable for moving him into his home. His progress will dictate when he leaves the hospital.

For those who haven't seen it yet, here's the YouTube clip of Foster's car-crash-like collision with the boards while chasing the puck:

More good news: The Wild committed to re-signing Foster when he recovers:

It's not known when, or even if, defenseman Kurtis Foster will be able to play next season after breaking his femur last week, but Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough said Friday he plans to re-sign the free-agent-to-be.

"I don't have to qualify him [to retain his rights], but I will," Risebrough said. "It's a bad message not to do that. He's a good player. He needs a motivation [to rehab], and he doesn't need that stress in his life."

That's a standup move by Risebrough, and more evidence that hockey remains one of the few sports that values personal honor.

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