EDMEdmonton Oilers
2019 Record: 9-8-1
#33 Anson Carter
Oct 2: The Oilers have released Carter, the Edmonton Sun reports. Carter was trying to make the team as camp invitee, but he suffered a concussion in his first game and was able to recover only to play in more contest. With the Oilers are looking to develop some of the young talent on their roster (Andrew Cogliano, Sam Gagner, Robert Nilsson, etc.), it was a longshot for Carter to make the squad.

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Oct 1: Carter (concussion) played on the fourth line in Friday's preseason game against Vancouver, the Canadian Press reports. It still hasn't been decided yet whether or not he'll remain with the Oilers.

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Sep 25: Carter (concussion) has resumed skating, reports the Edmonton Journal. He is trying to make the Oilers as a camp invitee. Carter has been given the go-ahead to skate, but not yet to resume game action. Coach Craig MacTavish said he will insert Carter back in the lineup once he's medically cleared, so he still has a shot at making the team.

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Sep 19: Carter suffered a concussion in Tuesday's preseason matchup with Toronto, Edmonton's official website reports. Bad news for Carter, who's trying to make the Edmonton roster as a camp invitee. The team has not released any other details at this point. We'll post updates as more information becomes available.

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Sep 16: The Oilers have invited Carter to training camp. At 33 and having bounced around for the past several seasons, Carter has turned into a journeyman. Coming off an 11-goal 28-point season (in 64 games), he'll need to prove that he has hasn't completely lost his scoring touch in order to stick with Edmonton.

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Aug 29: Carter's agent contacted the Oilers to see if they were interested in his client's services. The Edmonton Journal reports the Oilers declined. Edmonton reportedly wants to take a look at some of their prospects instead of veteran free agents. As of now, Carter remains without a job.

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Apr 8: Carter's inaugural goal as a Hurricane on Friday wasn't enough to earn him playing time in the team's final game of the season on Saturday; the forward was a healthy scratch in the 5-4 win over the Panthers. For his tenure on the Hurricanes' roster, Carter was about as involved in the Carolina offense as Robinson Crusoe was involved in British politics while he was . . . well, you know. He had 27 points in 54 games with the Jackets, but one lonely point in his ten games with the 'Canes. He'll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, and the Carolina front office probably won't risk a paper cut by trying to re-sign him.

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Apr 6: Like a cavalry unit that arrives an hour too late, Carter finally showed up on a Carolina scoresheet in Friday's game against Atlanta, tallying the Hurricanes' lone goal in the 4-1 loss. The team's management has been wondering why he couldn't find a way to score when the games mattered, before Carolina was eliminated from the playoff chase on Tuesday. Carter will be a free agent after Saturday's season-ender, and we would be astonished if the 'Canes offered him a new contract for next season.

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Apr 2: Carter dressed for Sunday's game at Florida, and played 12 minutes in 13 shifts, but didn't crack the scoresheet. He had one shot on goal and finished even. His complete offensive shutdown since donning a red sweater is a mystery to the 'Canes. He belongs well off your fantasy radar right now.

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Mar 31: Carter was again a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Bolts. The Hurricanes took the ice 12 times in the month of March; Carter watched more than half of those games in street clothes. He isn't likely to get much more playing time over the rest of the season unless someone ahead of him on the depth chart gets injured. He is among the likeliest 'Canes to find a new sweater next season.

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Mar 25: Carter put up goose eggs again in Carolina's win over San Jose Saturday. In seven games with the 'Canes, he has no points. The Hurricanes' management must be ruing the trade that brought the once-talented Carter to Raleigh, even though they only gave up a draft pick (and a fifth-rounder at that) to get him.

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Mar 17: After four games in the press box, Carter hit the ice on Saturday against New Jersey. He played just eight minutes and didn't make a dent in the scoresheet in the Hurricanes' 7-2 win. When 13 guys wearing your sweater pick up points, and you aren't one of them, that's what we call a bad indicator. Carter has now played six games with the Hurricanes; he has zero points, just four shots on goal, and a minus-2 rating to show for the effort.

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Mar 14: Carter sat out his third game in a row on Tuesday. In a story in Wednesday's Raleigh News and Observer, he mentions that he hasn't been scratched since his rookie season, 10 years ago. The article states that he is viewing the bench time as a positive thing, in that it gives him a chance to get to know his new teammates. We can't help but be skeptical about that report; it looks to us as though he's donning a smiling mask in a very uncomfortable situaiton.

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Mar 11: Carolina will probably use the same lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers as they did in Friday's win over the Caps, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. If so, that's bad news for Carter's fantasy owners. The newly acquired winger sat out Friday's contest, and has yet to register a point in a Carolina uniform through five games.

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Mar 9: Carter was a healthy scratch for Friday's game against Washington. As the only name player to be acquired by the Stanley Cup champs before the trade deadline, Carter isn't supposed to be a candidate for the press box. But he has yet to find a niche with his new team, and that cost him a chance to play against the lowly Caps. His next opportunity comes Sunday afternoon against the Rangers.

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Feb 28: Carter has yet to appear on a scoresheet after two games as a Hurricane. He was blanked in Tuesday's home loss to the Senators. With the passing of the trade deadline, Carter stands out as the team's signal trade acquisition, and will be given plenty of opportunities to prove his worth over the remaining 17 games on the slate.

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Feb 24: Carter will play with a variety of line combinations until his role can be better defined in the context of the Hurricanes' injury situation, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. The veteran forward, who was acquired for a song from the Jackets, is expected to join the Hurricanes in time for Saturday's game against the Thrashers.

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Feb 23: Carter has been traded to the Hurricanes for a fifth-round draft pick in 2008, reports Sportsnet. "He will help strengthen our forward corps at a much needed time," Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement. Carter's fantasy value goes up immediately as his supporting cast will be much better in Carolina.

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Feb 12: Carter scored a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Chicago. With Carter only on a one year deal with Columbus, he's likely to be one of their most marketable commodities at the trade deadline.

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Jan 31: Carter scored the 200th goal of his NHL career in Tuesday's 3-2 shootout win over Vancouver. That the milestone came against the team he played for last season made it that much sweeter for Carter.

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Jan 9: Carter picked up two assists on Tuesday against the Blues. Tuesday was Carter's first game since December 23rd against the Islanders. He missed several contests with a shoulder injury. Carter has struggled a bit this year, but he seems safe to activate.

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Jan 9: Carter (shoulder) practiced for the first time in two weeks Monday, and could be back in the lineup Tuesday, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Wait and see whether he plays, and who his linemates are, before you activate him.

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Jan 3: Although Carter (shoulder) is getting closer to a return, he's been ruled out for Wednesday's game in Los Angeles, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "He trained hard (Tuesday)," coach Ken Hitchcock said, "and they'll scale him up again (Wednesday) and Thursday, and we'll have a better idea after the Thursday session." If all goes well it sounds like Carter will be back in action by the weekend.

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Dec 26: Carter will miss up to two weeks due to a sprained shoulder, according to ESPNews. Carter was on fire in early December with nine points in the first seven games of the month. Since then, he's had just two points in five games and now he's on the shelf. Reserve him immediately.

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Dec 24: Carter left Saturday's game after being hit by Chris Simon and appeared to have an arm injury, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "Upper-body injury, and we'll check it out (Sunday)," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. We'll keep you posted, but you may want to play it safe and sit Carter down for now.

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Dec 11: Carter collided with defenseman and teammate Rostislav Klesla late in Sunday's win over Ottawa, according to the Columbus Dispatch. Carter took the brunt of the impact, his head bouncing off Klesla's right shoulder. Luckily, the injury isn't serious and Carter said he could have returned had the Blue Jackets not had such a comfortable lead. Carter said he will play Tuesday in Dallas.

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Dec 6: Carter remained hot on Tuesday, scoring a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win over the Avalanche. He now has six points (three two-point games) in his last five games.

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Dec 3: Carter (back spasms) scored a goal and an assist in Saturday's win over the Oilers. He's had two multi-point outings in his last four games, and seems to be responding positively to the Blue Jackets' coaching change. In a deep league he could be worth stashing on your reserve list to see if he can build on his recent efforts.

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Nov 30: Carter did not practice on Wednesday due to back spasms, the Columbus Dispatch reports. He's expected to get back on the ice for Thursday's practice and play on Friday, however.

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Nov 29: Carter was rewarded for his effort on Saturday by skating on the first power play unit in Tuesday's loss to the Canucks. New coach Ken Hitchcock will likely be experimenting with various lineups in the short term while he evaluates the talent on hand, but this is certainly a positive sign for Carter's fantasy value.

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Nov 25: Carter had a three-point night Saturday. He recorded one goal and two assists in a win over Minnesota. Is this his breakout game? Keep your eye on him in the short term and be prepared to scoop him up -- he might just blossom under new head coach Ken Hitchcock.

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Nov 3: Carter is growing increasingly frustrated with his role on the Blue Jackets after playing only four minutes in Wednesday's game, the Columbus Post-Dispatch reports. After scoring 33 goals with Vancouver last season, Carter cannot be happy being on the third and fourth lines and getting very little ice time. Until Columbus finds a way to work Carter into the lineup, keep him off your fantasy roster.

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Oct 10: Carter (foot) scored his first goal with Columbus in Monday's 5-1 win over Phoenix. He was bumped down to the third line Monday due to the return of Nikolai Zherdev, skating with Manny Malhotra and Jason Chimera, but still found his way onto the scoresheet.

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Oct 4: Carter's foot is still hurting him, but he's expected to be in the lineup for the Blue Jackets' opener on Friday, the Columbus Dispatch reports. He's dealing with a case of plantar fasciitis. "It's still sore," Carter said. "I'll just try to grind it out and deal with it."

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Sep 28: Carter is battling a case of plantar fascitis and was unable to practice on Wednesday, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "It's bothered me the past couple of weeks," Carter said. "But it's always loosened up, once I started walking on it. I mean, by the time I walked from the hotel to the arena each morning, it was better. Today [Wednesday], it just didn't loosen up." The injury isn't thought to be serious, but it could keep him out of Friday's final exhibition game.

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Sep 17: Carter only arrived at training camp Saturday night and won't play in Sunday's exhibition opener, the Columbus Dispatch reports. Coach Gerard Gallant's initial plan seems to be for Carter to skate with rookie Gilbert Brule and Fredrik Modin on the second line, although obviously that could change before the regular season begins.

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Sep 13: Carter has signed a one-year deal with Columbus worth $2.5 million, reports TSN.ca. The Blue Jackets face the possibility of not having Nikolai Zherdev in the lineup this season. Carter proved last season that he can put the puck in the net, scoring 33 goals on the Sedin line. He should be skating on one of the top two lines and would make a good late round selection in most redraft leagues.

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Aug 26: Carter remains unsigned with training camp just a few weeks away. Carter notched 32 goals last season and many hockey pundits believe he was the reason the Sedin twins finally put it all together. Carter is a quality scorer in the NHL and a decent fantasy player, particularly in those leagues weighted more heavily for finding twine. He might be the kind of player who has a knack for helping young talent blossom, in which case you should monitor his ultimate destination closely. He could have a big influence on a sleeper for this season.

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Aug 5: Five weeks after the start of free agent season, Carter remains unsigned by any NHL team. While rumors about several teams being interested have swirled around for weeks, Carter hasn't been able to land a gig just yet. He's looking for multiple years; most teams are wanting him to sign for just one. He's probably best served by re-signing with the Canucks where he found great success with the Sedins on their breakout year. The Canucks could sure use help on the right side but who knows if they'll snap him up or even when he'll sign anywhere.

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Jul 4: Just as they were last season, the Leafs are interested in signing Carter, the Toronto Sun reports. "There is mutual interest with the Leafs," Carter's agent, Pat Brisson, said Monday night. The difference this time is that Toronto might actually have the cap room to be more than just intersted.

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Jul 2: The Flyers have extended a contract offer to Carter, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Terms are unknown. Stay tuned.

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