Foster: From one Koivu to another

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 28, 2011 - 1:28 AM

Kurtis Foster, who became good friends playing with Mikko Koivu with the Wild, now is skating alongside Saku Koivu with the Ducks.

hide

Defenseman Kurtis Foster during his days with the Wild.

Photo: David Joles, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

On Sunday, Kurtis Foster made his season debut for the Anaheim Ducks. The former Wild defenseman scored a goal -- ironically assisted by Saku Koivu.

"My wife [Stephanie] had a good laugh about it because she said the way Saku celebrated was the exact same way Mikko did back in the day when I scored against Nashville my first game here," Foster said before playing the Wild on Thursday.

Foster and Wild captain Mikko Koivu, a groomsman at Foster's wedding, became close friends during their four years together in Minnesota.

"So it's been fun getting to know Saku. The first day I met him in camp, it's like I had known him for years," Foster said of Koivu's legendary brother, who is 8 1/2 years older. "They're different in their own ways, but very similar, too."

Foster said the Koivu Bros. share identical intensity, comparable moves and skating styles.

"The only difference is Mikko is a lot bigger," Foster said. "Saku's the wily veteran. He takes his optional."

Wednesday night, Mikko Koivu invited Foster and his brother to his new home in Edina for a sauna, then dinner.

"Mikko and I were giving each other a hard time. I think Saku sees a different side of Mikko when he's with me because he's such the older brother," Foster said.

Foster's excited to be back in the Ducks lineup. It's been more than three years since Foster broke his left femur with the Wild, but just before Anaheim's training camp, Foster had a complication that required thigh surgery.

"A day before camp, my left quad was sore. I didn't think anything of it. I woke up the morning of fitness testing, and my leg had ballooned up," Foster said.

Tests showed that a wire that was wrapped around his bone during that previous operation had untied.

"It was sticking horizontally right into my muscle," he said. "So I had bleeding and bruising in my quad. They reopened me, lifted the muscle off the wire and snipped it right at the bone."

Stoner injured

The Wild played the final 37 minutes during Thursday's 3-2 loss without defenseman Clayton Stoner, who suffered a finger injury when it by a shot six seconds into his second shift of the second period.

Coach Mike Yeo didn't have an update on the seriousness after the game.

Latendresse returns

Guillaume Latendresse returned to the lineup after missing a game because of a groin injury, but the power forward began on the fourth line and logged 13 1/2 minutes.

Yeo said he's happy with Latendresse's play, but "I'm not big on guys missing a week's time and all of a sudden he has one practice and jumps back in."

Latendresse called it a "coach's decision," saying, he'd work his way back up to his quality ice time and role. He did see parts of the game on the first line

Etc.

• With Latendresse back and Nick Johnson earning another look, Brad Staubitz was scratched one game after committing two costly penalties in Vancouver.

"This guy's an unbelievable teammate and all he wants to do is help his team," Yeo said. "We have a couple guys that almost the harder you try and the more you want to impact the game, that's a great thing, but you have to stay in control.

"Stauby, it's just a matter of, 'OK, just calm down and play your game.' He knows and we'll continue to reinforce that we can't have him taking minor penalties." ...

• There was a moment of silence before Thursday's game to honor Gordy Lee, the timekeeper at Wild games since 2000 who died Sunday.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Texas - WP: N. Martinez 7 FINAL
Oakland - LP: S. Gray 2
Boston - B. Workman 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - G. Cole
Toronto - R. Dickey 6:05 PM
NY Yankees - S. Greene
Washington - G. Gonzalez 6:10 PM
Miami - B. Hand
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - T. Wada
Cleveland - D. Salazar 7:10 PM
Houston - S. Feldman
Milwaukee - K. Lohse 7:15 PM
St. Louis - S. Miller
Arizona - V. Nuno 7:40 PM
Colorado - Y. Flande
Philadelphia - K. Kendrick 8:10 PM
San Diego - R. Erlin
Seattle - F. Hernandez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - W. LeBlanc
Tampa Bay 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
(5) Auburn 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Toronto 9/19/14 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Which local pro team are you most excited about?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close