The Montreal Alouettes found a diamond in the rough this season. However, Jim Popp isnt sure how long hell be able to admire wide receiver Duron Carter. "Do I think we are going to lose him? Absolutely," general manager and head coach said on the latest Als This Week on TSN 690. Popp understands that having a young, talented wide receiver has its negatives; that every catch and every touchdown will not only motivate any player to do more but itll attract suitors from down South. "Hes a very intelligent young man and hes only 22 years old. Hes going to get bigger and stronger and more mature," Popp continued. At 65", 205 pounds, Carter is already big and strong, its the maturing that has been amplified in his first professional football season. Just like many American-born CFL player, let alone the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Cris Carter, he still thinks of the National Football League as an option. "The NFL has always been a dream of mine, but Im doing well right now and Im comfortable," Carter said after practice Wednesday, in preparation for the East Semi-Final. Both Carter and Popp know that the NFL isnt around the corner this winter because he still has a year left on his contract. Plus, Carter was quick to point out and ease the mind of Alouettes fans that he isnt ready to hold out for the opportunity to go South like Hamiltons former WR/KR Chris Williams. "Were taking it a day at a time, were not trying to do a (Chris) Williams from last year, none of that," said Carter. Thatll make Popp happy, if he already wasnt with his 49 receptions, 909 yards and five touchdowns. Those are numbers that would make any GM/head coach smile over an 18-game season, let alone the 11 games Carter played this year. If you were to pro-rate his numbers to a full season, Carter would have had 80 receptions, 1487 yards and eight touchdowns. That yardage would be tops in the league, ahead of the Eskimos Fred Stamps, his receptions and touchdowns, good for fourth overall. This is also Carters first season of competitive football in three years, so hes very appreciative for the opportunity Popp and the Alouettes have given him. "Im just getting back into playing games and everything, Im really fortunate to be playing for Montreal." Hell be playing a big role for the Alouettes this Sunday against the Tiger-Cats in the East Semi-Final. Two of his three 100-yard receiving games have come against Hamiltons defence. He totaled 17 catches, 285 yards and two scores in the three games against Hamilton. Carter is ready to make waves this weekend and next season for the Alouettes, but Popp knows hes shining too bright to keep him around forever. "With his bloodline and everything he can do, were only going to have him in Montreal for so long," Popp lamented. cheap jerseys from china. 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Carlson signed a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, bringing him to the team he grew up cheering for as a kid in Litchfield, which is about 90 minutes west of the Twin Cities. BOSTON -- It had been more than a month since Michael Ryders last goal and all that stood in his way this time was the goalie. Ryder scored on a penalty shot with 7:29 remaining in regulation time to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers on Saturday that clinched the Northeast Division title. "I knew if I could score, it would get the team going," Ryder said. "We have a few games left, and were hoping we can move up even further." Ryder stole the puck from Thrashers defenceman Zach Bogosian at centre ice and was racing in alone on the goal when he was slashed by Atlantas Johnny Oduya before he got to the crease. Ryder was given a penalty shot and he slowly made his way toward Ondrej Pavelec before firing a wrist shot over the goalies left shoulder. Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots for the Bruins, who lead Montreal by 10 points and can finish no worse than a No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with home-ice advantage in the first round. Boston is two points behind Washington and three behind Philadelphia with four games remaining. "Its what a lot of teams battle for," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "Im just glad thats out of the way. "Weve got to keep winning games and see where we end up." Pavelec made 20 saves for the Thrashers, who were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss. The Thrashers pulled the goalie with over a minute left, but were unable to mount any sustained pressure in the Bruins zone. "I felt like we had a good start of the season. Other teams made up the ground," forward Bryan Little said, noting that the Thrashers went 4-17 over most of January and February. "Weve been playing better here of late, but you cant take that much time off like we did." Ryder was in a scoring slump when he was a healthy scratch March 15 after playing in 172 consecutive games for Boston.dddddddddddd He had just one point in his next six appearances before he was benched again for two more games this week. It was the first successful penalty shot of Ryders career, and his first goal in 12 games since Feb. 27. "Its nice to see him score that goal. Its a step in the right direction," Julien said. "When he starts getting his confidence out there and allowing things to happen and not thinking about things, hes going to be a good player again." The Bruins scored first when Mark Recchi put in a rebound of Brad Marchands backhand shot from the edge of the crease. It was the 576th of Recchis career, 19th in NHL history. Atlanta tied it when Dustin Byfugliens shot popped into the air off Rasks stick and landed on the goalies back before rolling into the net. It was Byfugliens 20th goal of the season, leading all NHL defencemen, and was the Thrashers first goal in 17 power-play attempts. But after taking a 2-1 lead on Evander Kanes goal 97 seconds into the second period, the Thrashers power-play unit gave up Daniel Pailles short-handed goal at the 6:18 mark. NOTES -- Marchand won the teams seventh player award, announced before the game. ... Thrashers D Tobias Enstrom left the game in the first with an unspecified injury and did not return. ... Nik Antropov, who assisted on Atlantas second goal, has points in four straight games. ... A Thrashers player hit the scoreboard in the third while trying to clear the zone. ... The Bruins improved to 15-4-1 against the Southeast. ... Shane Hnidy made his season debut. He signed Feb. 26 after missing most of the season when he injured his shoulder in Phoenixs training camp. ... Bruins F Shawn Thornton missed his second straight game since needing 40 stitches to close a gash in his forehead. ' ' '