Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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:


Markus Naslund
Daniel Sedin
Matt Cooke (RFA)
Tyler Bouck

Wade Brookbank

Brendan Morrison
Henrik Sedin
Ryan Kesler
Jarkko Ruutu


Todd Bertuzzi
Anson Carter
Trevor Linden
Richard Park

Jason King


At 9:20 a.m., August 17, 2005, Blogger Unknown said...


Well I'd think Park or Bouck would be a more likely C on the 4th than Ruutu. Has Jarkko ever played center/ They'd be better off just giving him away.

And don't forget Jason King. He has the size and skill to be a good 2nd line winger and will probably get an equal shot at that job.

At 11:33 a.m., August 17, 2005, Blogger CMcMurtry said...

Once again, I'm bummed my team didn't scoop him up. Damn you to hell Marian Hossa.

At 12:38 p.m., August 17, 2005, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Losing Chubarov leaves a hole at that fourth-line centre spot (unless Linden drops back, although he's a good match playing with Kesler). Ruutu took 16 faceoffs last season (and three in the playoffs) and won 30 per cent of his draws.

You're right though — Park would be a much more natural centre (and he's played there quite a lot more while killing penalties, etc.).

As for King, he's yet to truly prove himself as an NHLer. He had all sorts of issues with Moose coach Randy Carlyle last season then capped his AHL year with a concussion.

He was in the Top 20 scoring before going down, but I really don't think he can play a checking role. And who can you bump from the top two lines to make room for him? They aren't going to pay Carter $1-million to line-up with Park and Ruutu.

At 12:57 p.m., August 17, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this is it for Anson Carter. He either has a big year and can justify a raise for next season, or he disappears beneath the waves. For $1 million, it's not a bad gamble for Nonis.

As for Jason King, the new Mr. October, we'll just have to wait and see. Whenever I see him, I keep thinking "Josh Holden" and "Steve Kariya". You would have to think, however, that the Canucks will give him at least one more shot at the NHL level before giving up on him.


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