Sunday, September 16, 2007

Welcome Back, Carter ... courtesy of the obvious headline department

All-round nice guy and floater Anson Carter is coming back to Edmonton for a tryout. Two years removed from scoring 33 goals with Vancouver, he's also a guy that has only scored 22 goals combined in the last two years with Carolina and Columbus.

At the very least, Anson makes the team cooler, and this may spell the end for Big Shiny Tunes 2 ever being played again in the dressing room's CD player.

I was going to make a crack about the lack of originality in going back to the well with Carter, but then I looked at our projected lineup at right wing and realized that we sucked. I'll definitely take Carter at a discount (if he's going to score, he's going to need a play-making centre and a gritty left-winger to play with), which seems likely for a guy that needs to get his career back on track. Plus, you can't ever knock a guy that picks the Black Dog over Hudsons...

13 comments:

Simon said...

This was a pretty obvious move, don't you think? Desperate team courts desperate player.

Mike said...

Dancing Anson is back!

Scarlett said...

He's got the vote for best hair and we know how important that is!

sacamano said...

Meh. The last time Carter wanted a big pay raise he signed with the Oil and actually played pretty well -- as long as the other team didn't recognize that all he did was shoot from the top of the circle on powerplays.

Of course, since he left we haven't scored more than 5 goals from that spot on the ice, so all in all, I give this move a half a thumb up.

Anonymous said...

Off topic: I'm at the jm cup game -- they are wearing pinnies in the warmup. new jerseys still not in sight...

Blue team looks loaded w the skills guys: hemsky, schremp,
Gagner, nilsson -- and mr. Carter.

Prediction: 5-1 blue.

young d said...

"Carter, of West Indian descent, grew up in Ontario, Canada and is one of the only black hockey players in the NHL."

Quoted from the Hip-Hoppy article.

One of the few black hockey players would be more accurate.

uni said...

I'm more curious as to how Anson Carter keeps getting described as a premier power forward. For that matter I'm curious to how he's even described as a power forward period.

jon said...

Hey man... leave Big Shiny Tunes 2 out of this.

Colby Cosh said...

It is the best Big Shiny Tunes, you at least gotta give it that.

Anonymous said...

This moves smacks of typical Oilers pre-season "lets keep the rookies out of the lineup so we can break their hearts" in the AHL.

Last season instead of opening with Schremp(who's clearly starting to look nervous in TC - way to go MacT and Lowe), we get these pathetic feel good Toby and Thor stories. Last time playoffs, we get Murray to feel good about.

I just wrote off the 2007-08 season. LOL

Vic Ferrari said...

Well, he's not much, but he's a marked improvement over Schremp and Nilsson I suppose.

Steve said...

This moves smacks of typical Oilers pre-season "lets keep the rookies out of the lineup so we can break their hearts" in the AHL.

How many players with fewer than 100 NHL games are the Oilers going to open the season with? Grebeshkov, Nilsson, three or so other forwards - a total of five or six, let's say. Are you possibly arguing that the Oilers should be going with *more* rookies?

And blaming Schremp's poor development on the fact that the Oilers haven't given him a pass to the big team is absurd. Let's try reversing the cause and effect there by saying that the Oilers haven't given him a pass to the big team because his development has been poor, and he's done absolutely nothing since leaving the OHL to indicate that his strengths (offense) come anywhere near justifying putting him into an NHL lineup given his weaknesses.

Black Dog said...

Right, Schremp didn't play in the '06 playoffs because Lowe wanted a feel good story in Rem Murray.

If Schremp can help this team win more then whomever he is competing with for a spot then he will earn a spot on the club. If not, back to the AHL. Trying to remember the last guy who jumped from being a fairly regular scratch in the AHL to a regular job in the NHL - probably because it does not happen. Ever.