Carter was released from his PTO with the Wild on Sunday, and he'll undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, potentially signaling the end of his career, the Star Tribune reports. "There's legitimate concern that this could be the end," Carter said. "Being a realist, I'm 33 years old and went into camp on a PTO. It's a five-month rehab. It'll be difficult to play my way back to the NHL on short notice after really eight or nine months off." Carter has plenty of miles on the odometer, having played for five different clubs over nine years of NHL service time, but he hasn't topped 65 games in a single campaign. The man from White Bear Lake, Minnesota has compiled 93 points (41 goals, 52 assists) in 473 career regular-season contests.
Carter is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. Carter is on a professional tryout agreement with the Wild, and his chances of making the team's Opening Night roster continue to dwindle as Minnesota's training camp nears its end. The 33-year-old winger has failed to tally a single point while registering a minus-1 rating over three preseason contests with the Wild during camp, and will likely be released from his tryout agreement before Minnesota's Oct. 13 regular-season opener against the Blues.
Carter signed a professional tryout agreement with Minnesota on Friday, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. Given a lack of organizational depth on the outside, Carter has a good shot at making the opening day roster. The 33-year-old was hampered by injuries last season, but was also a frequent healthy scratch as he appeared in just 60 contest. The winger is simply not a significant point producer and while he may secure a spot on the depth chart as a gritty bottom-six forward, he will mostly go unnoticed by fantasy owners.
Carter (shoulder) has been medically cleared to play, but will be a healthy scratch against San Jose on Tuesday, Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press reports. Carter was originally out with a shoulder ailment and then missed some action to be with his wife for the birth of their child. Yet, the 32-year-old will remain off the depth chart as coach John Torchetti will go in another direction Tuesday. The benching should not come as a surprise as the winger has netted a paltry two points in his 10 contests prior to injury. If his coach is keeping him out of the lineup, fantasy owners will certainly want to do the same even if he gets back on the ice.
Carter is away from the team to be with his expecting wife and will remain out of the lineup Thursday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Carter had been sidelined by a shoulder injury, but now it appears the absence may have moved on to a personal matter. The birth of a child doesn't generally keep a player away too long but there's no indication of when he's expected to rejoin the Wild. Even when he returns, Carter doesn't produce enough in fantasy-relevant stats to be worthy of a roster spot in the vast majority of leagues.
Rank Among Leaders
Last 7 Games
|3 Year Avg||58||6||6||12||-1||0||0||1||22||26||41.5|