Waiver wire: Hall arrives, Foster clears

It’s been a day slower than molasses in Vermont in January on trade deadline 2013, but the first move has been made by the Flyers.

Adam Hall was claimed off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hall, a 32-year-old Michigan native, posted four assists in 20 games with the Bolts, after failing to record a point in six appearances with Carolina earlier in the season.

A 10-year NHL veteran who played collegiate hockey for Michigan State, Hall has totaled 65 goals and 147 points in 591 NHL games for Nashville, the Rangers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa and the Hurricanes.

Despite being a defensively-oriented forward with penalty-killing skills, Hall is a lifetime minus-60 with 259 penalty minutes.

His presence is a clear stop-gap measure to deal with the absence of Max Talbot, who is presumed to be lost for the season with a broken leg. Speaking of ex-Pens, Hall was part of Pittsburgh’s 2008 Stanley Cup Finals team which lost to Detroit.

In other news, defenseman Kurtis Foster cleared waivers and awaits Holmgren’s next move. The 31-year-old, who was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s 5-4 overtime win against the Capitals had been placed on waivers yesterday.

Foster, who was also in the news last night when former Flyers defenseman Joni Pitkanen suffered a season-ending broken heel while racing for an icing touch-up in a game against Washington, has a goal and five assists in 17 games.

Foster lost most of the 2008-09 season with a horribly broken leg suffered in a race to the puck for an icing while he played for the Minnesota Wild.