ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the NHL club has signed free agent forward Ryan Carter to a one-year, two-way contract for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.
Carter, 33, skated in three games with the Iowa Wild (AHL) after signing a professional tryout agreement (PTO) on Feb. 18. He tallied 12 points (7-5=12) and 48 penalty minutes (PIM) in 60 regular season games with Minnesota last season and skated in two Stanley Cup Playoff contests. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound native of White Bear Lake, Minn., led the team in PIM and ranked fourth in hits with 87, his most since the 2011-12 season. Carter also recorded a career-high 37 blocked shots.
He has totaled 93 points (41-52=93) and 444 PIM in 473 career games during nine NHL seasons with Anaheim, Carolina, Florida, New Jersey and Minnesota. Carter has collected 12 points (7-5=12) and 48 PIM in 46 playoff games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He played two seasons at Minnesota State University-Mankato (2004-06) before signing as a free agent with the Ducks on July 12, 2006. Carter was originally signed as a free agent by the Wild on Oct. 6, 2014 and will wear sweater No. 18 with Minnesota.