Carter, Leafs a good fit?

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

The desire to play at home, start anew and be re-united with Jason Allison could lead 2003 Team Canada hero Anson Carter to the Maple Leafs.

With the acquisition of Eric Lindros up in the air, the Leafs still are looking for a free-agent right winger while Carter's agent, Pat Brisson, says he seeks a one-year deal somewhere for his client to re-establish his career.

"(Toronto) makes sense," Brisson said last night. "We've talked to them among six or seven teams, but it's premature to say anything, because I could get a call tonight and he'd be gone elsewhere.

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"But he enjoyed playing with Ally in Boston (three seasons in the late '90s with the centre) and he wouldn't mind coming back to see his family. The last year he played (2003-04) was kind of a washout."

During that whirlwind period, Carter went from scoring the gold-medal clinching 3-2 overtime goal against Sweden (remember the tense wait while officials searched for a camera angle to confirm the puck went behind Mikael Tellqvist?) to playing for three NHL teams.

Carter went from the New York Rangers to the Washington Capitals to the Los Angeles Kings, suffering an abdominal tear early in his California tenure.

"He had 55 points in Edmonton (early in the 2002-03 season) and it looked like he was on his way," Brisson said

"But things changed (with a trade to the Rangers)."

Carter's family lives in Agincourt. He spent three years in the MTHL, two for the Don Mills Flyers, recording 142 points as a 16-year-old, and one season for Wexford .

Leafs general manager John Ferguson could not be reached last night to discuss Carter or any progress in the Lindros talks. Ferguson said such discussions had taken place last week and various rumours have the chance of the Big E playing here either dead in the water or close to fruition.

Toronto has been Lindros' stated destination for years.

But with the new collective bargaining agreement making it easy for long-term injured players such as Lindros to take up little cap room, he'll have value to many teams who are tying to squeeze big names on their roster.

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Reports in Pittsburgh have the Penguins checking out Curtis Joseph or Sean Burke as goalies to ease the transition of Marc-Andre Fleury.


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