Anson Carter joins the Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver entered the free agent market in earnest yesterday when, just before midnight EST, they signed right winger Anson Carter.
I know that at this point this isn't saying much, but Carter is one of the best free agents remaining in the dwindling pool, and if Vancouver has had one consistent need the past half dozen years, it has been for a scoring, second-line right winger.
I had thought Canucks GM Dave Nonis would be sitting on his hands for the most part this summer, so it's interesting that he's made this move. By all accounts, Carter had an awful 2003-04 season, scoring just 28 points in 77 games for three different (and equally awful) teams.
That said, he has in the past been a consistent 20+ goal scorer and for the $1-million he signed for, there were few other options. It goes without saying that Carter will line-up beside the Sedin twins to start the season, and whether or not he is successful playing with the pair will likely determine how successful he is in Vancouver.
The Canucks forward lines, as of this signing: