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7/4/2006 12:56:24 AM

It appears that Anson Carter's days as a Vancouver Canuck might be coming to an end.

The two sides are reportedly about a million dollars apart on a new deal.

"I think they have spent all their money," Carter's agent Pat Brisson told TSN.

Brisson said that he hopes to continue talks with the Canucks in the next day or two but is not holding out hope that the gap will be bridged.

Carter signed a one year, one million dollar deal prior to last season after an injury-plagued 2003-2004 season. He came back healthy and scored 33 goals playing on a line with the Sedin twins.

The Sedins each received sizable raises to 3.575 million dollars each over three years. Carter, who made 2.8 million in 03-04 was hoping for a similar raise, ideally getting back to that number over 3 years.

The Leafs and Kings are among the three or four teams seriously interested in Carter. Brisson told TSN that he hopes to have a deal in place by the end of the week.
 

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Leafs show interest in Carter

By LANCE HORNBY, TORONTO SUN
Tue, July 4, 2006

Gary Roberts seems to be fading from the Maple Leafs' picture, while Anson Carter moves in.

General manager John Ferguson did not sound optimistic yesterday on a Roberts trade with the Florida Panthers. It became known in Florida last week that ex-Leaf wanted to return for family reasons, presumably in a deal for a mid-round draft pick.

"I wouldn't hazard a guess," Ferguson said of a potential trade, adding "none of that (talk) started here."
Roberts was hoping for a move back north after his ex-wife moved to Calgary, leaving his 16-year-old daughter in school in Oakville.

But Panthers' GM Mike Keenan and coach Jacques Martin have been working with Roberts to find another solution. The Leafs, trying to get younger and faster and in a salary cap crunch after adding $7 million US in Pavel Kubina and Hall Gill, are wary of Roberts' $2.25 million salary.

Ferguson says he's now evaluating current Leaf forwards and that any free agents would have to come here on Toronto's terms. That could apply to Agincourt's Carter, who has long wished to play at home, nearly coming last summer before signing with Vancouver.

"There is mutual interest with the Leafs," Carter's agent, Pat Brisson, said last night, adding that three teams want Carter.

Carter was one of the few right wingers who meshed on a line with Daniel and Henrik Sedin, but the Canucks are out of cap space. Carter made $1 million last year and if he provides a hometown discount, the Leafs could fit him within the $4 million to $6 million they have remaining to spend.

"We have some (cap) flexibility remaining, but there's no real rush to use it," Ferguson said.

"We've already made ourselves a harder team to play against (with Kubina and Gill). We didn't score too few goals last year, we allowed too many."
 

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Carter wants a $3M/y for 3 years contract. That equals $9M which I hope JFJ isn't planning on spending.

His reputation as a lazy player is what is keeping teams away, though I wouldn't mind if he was on board for a $2M deal for 1 year. He's a player who shouldn't be getting long-term contracts, but probably will.
 
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