New start for Carson

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:56 PM ET

ST. LOUIS — Brett Carson’s old room from his junior days is still there if he wants it.

The offer was put on the table a few days ago from his former billets Scott and Beverly Surridge when the former Calgary Hitmen blueliner was placed on waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes.

“A couple of days ago, she sent me a text saying I could stay there again if I paid rent this time,” said Carson after the Flames claimed him early Monday. “Today, she was joking some more with me.

“I can’t wait to see them again.”

Carson’s spirits were higher than a few days ago when he was put up for grabs by the Hurricanes.

“It’s never a good feeling,” said the 25-year-old from Regina. “Usually it means you’re going to clear and go back down to the minors. Getting claimed is exciting. You get another chance in the NHL and that’s everyone’s goal.

“As the day’s gone on, the excitement’s grown. It’s a fresh start and a new opportunity for me. It’s really exciting.”

Last season, Carson played 54 NHL games, but this year has been mostly spent in the AHL. He played 13 games for the Hurricanes this season, no points but plus-7, and was expected to take a bigger role with the trade of former Flame Ian White to San Jose.

Instead, he went through the emotional swing, but was happy to be reminded Flames head coach Brent Sutter saw plenty of him during his four seasons with the Hitmen.

“A lot of games against him and a little bit of a rivalry,” Carson said. “It’s good for the confidence to know if the head coach has that much input, he has some confidence in me.

“I hope to prove him right.”

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