Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Canucks Get Carter

Reports indicate that the Canucks have signed Anson Carter to a one-year/$1 million contract.

Carter is coming off a forgettable 2003/2004 season, when he played for three different teams. However, he is a career 20+ goal scorer and may well be the right-winger the Sedins have been waiting for. His TSN scouting report:

Assets: Is a very heady player and also sound in defensive situations. Uses his size to drive to the net in order to cash in on scoring opportunities. Can skate well and has a surprising shot.
Flaws: Should be more of a physical presence on the ice but isn't. Doesn't light up the scoreboard consistently. Needs to become more of a take-charge guy.
Career potential:Top six forward.

On a side note... I hope Carter's signing doesn't signal an end to Matt Cooke's tenure in Vancouver. Having lost Chubarov and May already, the Canucks need Cooke's grit and intensity. He bleeds Canuck blue and has improved his game steadily in the last few years, scoring two of the biggest goals in recent Canucks history. He even earned a spot on Team Canada's World Championship team in 2003.

However, he is a restricted free agent and some indicate that contract negotiations are not progressing smoothly. And now that the Canucks have a surplus of forwards and only four NHL-caliber defensemen, his name has been linked to trade rumors.
posted by J.J. Guerrero, 7:04 PM


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