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Devils acquire Foster from Ducks in four-player deal

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The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Kurtis Foster from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday in a multi-player deal.

In exchange for Foster and minor-league goalie Timmo Pielmeier, the Devils sent the Ducks forward Rod Pelley, defenseman Mark Fraser and a seventh-round draft pick.

The Devils were looking for help on defense after Andy Greene was recently sidelined for four weeks with a broken toe and Anton Volchenkov suffered a hand injury that has left him day-to-day. The team called up Matt Taormina and Alexander Urbom, who made their season debuts on Saturday afternoon against the Canadiens.

The 30-year-old Foster, a second-round pick by Calgary in the 2000 Entry Draft, had 1 goal and 2 points in nine games this season for Anaheim. In 340 career games for the Thrashers, Wild, Lightning, Oilers and Ducks, he has 38 goals and 143 points.

Foster scored a career-high 10 goals for Minnesota in the 2005-06 season, but suffered a potentially career-threatening broken leg near the end of the 2007-08 campaign when he was checked into the boards racing back on an icing touch-up. Foster returned to play 10 games for the Wild near the end of the following season and scored a career-high 42 points for Tampa Bay in 2009-10, becoming a finalist for the Masterton Trophy.

Pielmeier, 22, appeared in 10 games with Elmira (ECHL) this season, posting a 4-5-0 record with a 3.45 goals-against average and .896 save percentage. He made his NHL debut with Anaheim last season, making seven saves in relief of Curtis McElhinney on Feb. 19, 2011 at St. Louis.

Pelley, 27, has appeared in 211 games with New Jersey, collecting 7 goals and 26 points. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound center has appeared in seven games with New Jersey this season, going scoreless with seven penalty minutes.

Fraser, 25, has played 98 games with the Devils, earning 3 goals and 8 points. Selected by New Jersey in the third round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Fraser has gone scoreless in four games this season.

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