Veteran d-man McCarthy signs with Wild’s AHL affiliate


The Iowa Wild have added yet another experienced NHLer to the mix, agreeing to terms with journeyman blueliner Steve McCarthy.

A first-round pick (23rd overall) at the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, McCarthy spent time in Chicago, Vancouver and Atlanta during his 14-year playing career. His best season came during the 2005-06 campaign, when he scored a career-high nine goals and 16 points while splitting time between the Canucks and Thrashers.

His most recent NHL season came in 2007-08 (though he did attend Calgary’s training camp in 2012), and he’s spent the last few years playing abroad in Russia, Switzerland and Finland.

McCarthy, 34, now joins a Wild team that already features 36-year-old Ruslan Fedotenko, who signed with the club back in late January.