FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—February 23, 2007
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired right wing Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2008 fifth-round draft pick. Carter will be available for the Hurricanes’ game at Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Saturday (7 p.m., FSN South HD, Hurricanes Radio Network).
“Anson is a veteran NHL player who has had some good goal-scoring years in his career,” said Rutherford. “He will help strengthen our forward corps at a much needed time.”
Carter, 32, has played in 54 games with Columbus this season, scoring 10 goals and earning 17 assists (27 points), including three goals on the power play. In his 10 professional seasons, the Toronto, Ont., native has registered 201 goals, 219 assists (420 points) and accumulated 225 penalty minutes in 664 regular-season NHL games with Washington, Boston, Edmonton, the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Columbus. Carter (6’1”, 202 lbs.) posted career highs in 2001-02 with Edmonton with 32 assists and 60 points in 82 games with the Oilers, and posted a career high 33 goals with Vancouver in 2005-06. He signed a one-year contract with Columbus on Sept. 13, 2006, and is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.
To make room for Carter on the team’s 23-man roster, the Hurricanes reassigned left wing Ryan Bayda to Albany of the American Hockey League. Bayda was recalled to Carolina on an emergency basis on Thursday, but did not play in the team’s game against Philadelphia last night.
The Carolina Hurricanes travel to Atlanta today in advance of a Saturday night match up against the Thrashers at Philips Arena (7 p.m., FSN South HD, Hurricanes Radio Network). The Hurricanes will return to the RBC Center on Tuesday to face the Ottawa Senators (7 p.m., Hurricanes Radio Network) in the first game of a back-to-back, home-and-home set. Tickets for all Hurricanes home games are available at the RBC Center box office, all TicketMaster locations, by calling 919-834-4000 or via www.CarolinaHurricanes.com. For information on Hurricanes ticket packages, please call 1-866-NHL-CANES or visit www.CarolinaHurricanes.com.