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Ducks acquire Kurtis Foster in trade for Andy Sutton

July 1, 2011 |  4:47 pm

Foster3 While waiting to hear from the Kings on where they stand in the Brad Richards chase, here’s an update on the Ducks.

They didn't get the third- or fourth-line help they were seeking in the free-agent market, but they did trade defensemen with Edmonton, sending Andy Sutton to the Oilers for Kurtis Foster. Sutton has one year left at a salary cap hit of $2,125,000, and Foster has one year left at $1.8 million.

Sutton had four assists in 39 games with the Ducks last season. Foster, 29, had eight goals and 22 points in 74 games with the Oilers and ranked second on the team with five power-play goals and second in shots, with 182.

"He's a power-play guy with a big shot," Ducks General Manager Bob Murray said. "We wanted to change things up" on the power play.

Murray said he had looked at some free agents but was "scared away" by the long-term deals being given out. "Nothing drastic got away," he said.

He also said the pace and money spent Friday caught him off guard.

"I'm always surprised, but I shouldn't be anymore," he said. "Every year it's the same thing. Some of us just can't compete in that market."

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Photo: Former Edmonton Oilers defenseman Kurtis Foster, right, collides with Tampa Bay forward Dana Tyrell during a 2010-11 preseason game. Credit: John Ulan / Associated Press

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