|An evening update From Kevin Falness in the Wild Radio newsroom (5:05 p.m. CST)...
| Kurtis Foster has been cleared to return to game action after 10 months away due to a broken leg. He'll report to the Wild’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros, and compete against the Chicago Wolves on Sunday afternoon for his first game since breaking his left femur in San Jose last season.
The PONDcast caught up with the "other" K.F. to talk about the long journey back ... Click here for the interview
Ed. note: Today's edition is brought to you by Aaron Sickman, Wild Manager of Media Relations.
Feb. 7, 2009
Saturday, 2:30 p.m. CST
Perhaps the biggest news today comes away from the rink ...
Kurtis Foster is in route to Quad City to meet up with the Houston Aeros, who are playing the Quad City Flames tonight. He is scheduled to start his conditioning stint tomorrow when Houston finishes its three-game road trip (in three nights) in Chicago against the Chicago Wolves. It is for the Wolves that Foster played his first professional hockey in 2001-02, after his junior career in Peterborough.
Here are a few of Foster's thoughts, sent via text on his way ...
"I've been waiting for this day to come for the last almost 11 months!! I'm excited and hopefully ready!!
"After exiting the bus from Quad Cities to Chicago, I'll be ready to get in a nice hotel bed, so I'll get some sleep I hope!!"
Back to practice ...
The team focused on offense today during its practice at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis -- as drills concentrated on getting shots on net and getting people in front of the goalies.
Craig Weller did not skate this morning. Cal Clutterbuck did not skate, either, as he has been battling the flu bug.
No morning skate tomorrow due to the 2 p.m. start Sunday, in a game will be televised in HD on KSTP.
Two more notes ...
* Marian Gaborik's agent Ron Salcer was in attendance today.
* Owen Nolan would like to play Sunday and Jacques said it's up to him, so it's likely we see Nolan's return to the lineup againts Edmonton.
This afternoon's lines, in no particular order:
Lines in no particular order