New York Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Anson Carter. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"Anson Carter is a highly skilled, versatile player who we feel will play a very significant role on our team this season," said Sather. "He is a very intelligent player who brings a strong presence and leadership qualities."
Carter, 28, appeared in 79 games with the Rangers and Edmonton Oilers last season, registering 26 goals and 34 assists for 60 points, along with 26 penalty minutes. At the time of the trade, Carter ranked first on the Oilers in scoring with 25 goals and 30 assists for 55 points. He also led Edmonton with 25 goals and 10 power play goals and ranked second with 30 assists. Carter eclipsed the 50-point plateau for the second consecutive season, as he posted 60 points (28 goals, 32 assists) in 2001-02. He registered his 300th career NHL point with a goal at Pittsburgh on February 18 and skated in his 400th career NHL game at Florida on December 7.
The 6-1, 200-pounder has appeared in 452 career NHL contests with the Rangers, Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins and Edmonton Oilers, collecting 143 goals and 167 assists for 310 points, along with 150 penalty minutes. In 2001-02, Carter registered 28 goals and 32 assists for 60 points, along with 25 penalty minutes in a career-high 82 games, while tying for the Oilers scoring lead. He also ranked second on the club in goals (28), third in assists (32), while establishing career-highs in all three offensive categories. Carter also ranked first on the Oilers in game-winning goals (six), power play goals (12) and power play scoring (26 points).
In international play, Carter represented Canada at the 2003 World Championship, where he netted the dramatic overtime winning goal that won Canada its first gold medal since 1997 with a 3-2 victory over Sweden. Carter has also captured a gold medal with Team Canada at the 1994 World Junior Championship and the 1997 World Championship.
Prior to his professional career, Carter spent four seasons with Michigan State of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, registering 102 goals and 68 assists for 170 points, along with 132 penalty minutes in 154 games.
The native of Toronto, Ontario was originally Quebec's 11th selection, 220th overall, in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He was traded to Washington from Colorado for a fourth round selection (Ben Storey) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft on April 3, 1996. Carter was acquired by the Boston Bruins from Washington on March 1, 1997, along with Jason Allison, Jim Carey and a third round choice (Lee Goren) in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Adam Oates, Rick Tocchet and Bill Ranford. He was obtained by Edmonton from Boston, along with a first round (Ales Hemsky) and second round (Doug Lynch) selections in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and future considerations in exchange for Bill Guerin on November 15, 2000.