The perils of the tryout
Forward Anson Carter played his first game in an Oilers jersey since coming to the team on a training camp audition last weekend, but left the game with a concussion in the first period. The 33-year-old Toronto native, who has played for eight NHL teams, last suited up for the Oilers in the 2002-03 season.
It's almost unbelievable that Carter's just 17 months removed from a 33-goal season in Vancouver, even if his play since that point has done everything to justify the fact the Canucks wouldn't offer him more than a one-year, $2.5-million deal. The tough thing is that he doesn't have a contract, he's injured and other than his NHL player pension, there may not be a heckuva lot of renumeration in his near future.
It's hard to say how he fits into anyone's plans now, as this could simply be one of those minor headaches or a life-altering issue. Carter's 33 years old and has always been a bit of an odd duck, and it's not out of the question he may simply hang them up for good.
Ah, the perils of the training camp tryout. You better believe the other pros in camps are taking note.