Thursday, September 20, 2007

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.
I know Carter may not be the most popular player out there these days, but this is a tough break for an NHL veteran who deserves at least a spot with a struggling Edmonton club (or elsewhere). Now, his entire season — and career — could be in jeopardy as a result of an injury suffered in a meaningless preseason game.

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.

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At 1:34 a.m., September 20, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carter doesn't "deserve" a spot with any club in the NHL. He's a greedy headcase who walked away from taking saucer passes from the Sedins. When I first read he suffered a concussion, I assumed somebody must have hipchecked him into the boards, because Carter has spent most of his pro hockey life with his cranium planted in his posterior.

At 6:22 a.m., September 20, 2007, Anonymous baroque said...

He doesn't deserve a spot, true...but he does deserve a fair chance to earn one (or not) without being injured. Unfortunate that he doesn't get that (and considering how serious concussions can be, here's hoping the long-term consequences are minimal).

At 9:46 a.m., September 20, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) Yeah its a tough break, but as another poster noted its partly/mostly his own fault that he doesn't have a team right now
2) No need for any 'Carter telethons', he's garnered over 14 million dollars in the last 8 seasons. That should cushion the blow a bit.

At 7:13 p.m., September 20, 2007, Blogger d-lee said...

Really, James?
You don't think Carter is getting any "renumeration" (sic) from his record label? You don't think he owns any real estate or other investments? You don't think he's stockpiled any money in his bank account?
He's not going to the poor house. He'll be fine.

At age 33 and washed up, he was a darkhorse candidate to make the Oilers roster anyway. There's a reason that he was available this deep into the offseason.

At 7:29 p.m., September 20, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

You're right — we should be hoping guys like Carter get hurt in a situation where they don't have a contract.

This 'poor house' business is such meaningless fluff; just because someone has earned a substantial amount in his career doesn't mean we should root for him to be potentially disabled in a situation like this.

At 7:54 p.m., September 20, 2007, Blogger mike w said...

People that want to see hockey players hurt based on their style of play are hysterical nut jobs.

Get a grip, dorks.

At 10:02 a.m., September 21, 2007, Anonymous grace said...

It's funny that the same "fans" that call Anson Carter washed up at the "old" age of 33 are the same ones that were probably willing to camp out at GM Place until the Canucks signed the ever-so-young Linden, at the ripe "young" age of 37.

I wish Anson a speedy recovery.


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