• Could begin season at center

    News: Ryan Carter centered a line with Chris Porter and Jordan Schroeder in Sunday's practice, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He may be pressed into duty at center for the first few games if Erik Haula (groin) is out.
    Analysis: Ryan Carter played center earlier in his career, so it likely won't be a huge adjustment. Carter sounds healthy after he was banged up late in the preseason.
  • Wild Re-Sign Carter For One Year

    News: Ryan Carter re-signed Wednesday with the Wild on a one-year, $625,000 contract, Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada reports.
    Analysis: Ryan Carter assumed a fourth-line role for the Wild last season, generating 13 points, 77 hits, and 55 PIM across 53 games. With the team parting ways with Matt Cooke earlier this summer, Carter should have an inside track to reclaim a regular spot on the checking line, but it's unlikely to result in a noticeable growth or decline in his production.
  • Wild's Carter Returns Saturday

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) will return to the lineup Saturday against the Kings, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Ryan Carter had sat out the Wild's previous 24 games, though the last two came while he was a healthy scratch. Now far enough removed from the shoulder injury he suffered in early February, Carter will step back into the lineup for Sean Bergenheim on the Wild's fourth line. Carter has three goals and 13 points in 48 games this season.
  • Wild's Carter Out Friday

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) won't play Friday against the Flames.
    Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo didn't want to change the lineup he used Tuesday against the Islanders, so Ryan Carter's return will have to wait. The Wild will play the second half of a back-to-back set Saturday versus the Kings, which could provide an opportunity for Carter to substitute in for another player.
  • Wild Activate Carter From IR

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) was activated from injured reserve Tuesday.
    Analysis: Ryan Carter was cleared to play a day ago, but he won't suit up for either of the Wild's back-to-back games to kick off the week. The team plans to make him a scratch Tuesday against the Islanders, as coach Mike Yeo appears content to roll with Jordan Schroeder and Sean Bergenheim as his fourth-line wingers. Carter could get back into the lineup Friday versus the Flames.
  • Wild's Carter Nears Return

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) has been cleared to return to action, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: That said, the Wild plan to see how Monday's game against the Maple Leafs goes before deciding if Ryan Carter -- who last played on Feb. 9 -- will return to the team's lineup Tuesday against the Islanders.
  • Wild's Carter Now Eyeing Tuesday Return

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) appears to be targeting a return to the lineup next week Tuesday against the Islanders, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Ryan Carter returned to practice earlier this week and was believed to have a shot at playing Saturday against the Blues, but the fact that he was only rotating in on the Wild's fourth line during Friday's session suggests his return will be put on hold for another game. The winger will miss his 20th consecutive contest Saturday, but should then be primed for regular duty during the remainder of the Wild's stretch run.
  • Wild's Carter Could Return Saturday

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) skated during the Wild's optional practice Wednesday and could return as soon as Saturday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
    Analysis: When he's back, he'll likely return to the fourth line, with Kyle Brodziak, Erik Haula or Sean Bergenheim moving to the bench.
  • Wild's Carter About A Week Away

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) is projected to return in about a week, Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Though Ryan Carter was able to return to practice Monday, he's been sidelined since early February with the injury, missing the Wild's last 17 games. Because of the lengthy absence, Carter will probably require multiple practices to get back up to full speed. Next Monday's game against the Maple Leafs could represent a realistic target date for his return.
  • Wild's Carter Nears Return

    News: Ryan Carter (shoulder) was present for practice Monday, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
    Analysis: Ryan Carter, who has been out since Feb. 9, could return to action as soon as Thursday against the Capitals or if not, possibly Saturday against the Blues.