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"Handsome" gets another shot in Oil Country

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The Sports Network reports that unrestricted free agent forward Anson Carter has received an invitation to attend Edmonton Oilers training camp after he was not re-signed by the Carolina Hurricanes in the off-season. Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1992 (10/220), Anson Carter has now played for 8 different teams and seems to have played for more than one team in a season like 4 times ( well its actually 3, in 2003’04 he played for the Rangers, Capitals and Kings). ” Handsome” revived his career in 2005’06 while playing with the Vancouver Canucks, netting 33 goals, and 22 assists, playing alongside the ultra-talented Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik. However, Carter struggled again last year with Columbus and Carolina, finishing with a dissapointing 28 points. In my opinion, Carter is still a valuable player in the NHL, and is capable of putting up a 50 point season. He needs to have the right linemates and can’t be used as an all-purpose rover forward. I mean, c’mon, this guy has 200 + career goals, he deserves to play on a team’s second line- In Edmonton, that would put him alongside Raffi Torres and either Geoff Sanderson or Jarret Stoll-. Come to think of it, if any two of Pouliot, Shremp, Nilsson or O’Marra make the team, Carter would be a great fit as a complementary winger. Oilers GM Kevin Lowe might have made his best move this time because with the recent injury to Fernando Pisani ( ulcerative colitis), the Oilers really needed a veteran scoring winger of Carter’s ilk. He’s going to be a great fit, as long as Shremp and Pouliot are anything like the Sedin twins.

For Illegal Curve, I’m Ezra Ginsburg