Ryan Carter signs tryout deal with Wild’s AHL team

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Veteran forward Ryan Carter has been attempting to make a comeback with the Minnesota Wild in recent weeks just months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. After skating with the team in practice last week, Carter signed a tryout deal with the Iowa Wild, Minnesota’s AHL affiliate, on Saturday and is expected to play in their next two games.

He is hoping to land an NHL contract with the team before the trade deadline over the next two weeks.

Carter spent the past two seasons playing in Minnesota, including 60 games a year ago when he scored seven goals and added five assists mostly in a fourth-line role.

A free agent after the season, Carter opted not to test the open market and was only interested in re-joining the Wild. After sitting out most of the first four months of the season he is at least going to get an opportunity to show what he can do over the next couple of days at the AHL level.

The 33-year-old Carter has appeared in 473 games at the NHL level in his career, scoring 41 goals and 52 assists.

The Wild have been one of the NHL’s best teams this season and have used a balanced scoring attack throughout their lineup. It is unclear where Carter would really fit in at this point if he ended up joining the team, but he was a regular on their penalty killing unit the past two seasons.