Ryan Carter, the gritty depth forward that’s spent the last two years in Minnesota, will try to come back from major shoulder surgery in the hopes of joining the Wild this season.
Per Star-Tribune sources, Carter will re-join his former teammates at practice on Friday, four months after going under the knife to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.
Carter, 33, scored seven goals and 12 points in 60 games for Minnesota last year, and appeared in a pair of playoff contests as well.
Playoff experience could be why the Wild are interested in bringing him aboard. Carter captured a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, went to the Final with New Jersey five years later and, all told, has nearly 50 games of postseason experience on his resume.
A Minnesota native, Carter didn’t try to test free agency last summer, insisting he only wanted to sign for his hometown team.
More, from the Star-Tribune:
Carter, who spent the past two seasons with the Wild, only wanted to sign with the Wild last summer. The Wild wasn’t able to commit a contract to him, so the team brought him to camp on a professional tryout.
Ultimately, he was released from the tryout because his shoulder wasn’t healthy enough to perform. He underwent surgery, but GM Chuck Fletcher didn’t close the door on a potential signing before this season’s trade deadline.
“He was really good and fair,” Carter said of Fletcher last September. “He just told me to get surgery, get healthy and depending where we both stand when I get healthy enough to play, we can go from there. He just said it’s not fair to me to play hurt and it’s not fair to the coach and team to not know if I can play through it.
The Wild would need to sign Carter by Mar. 1 in order for him to be playoff eligible.