Carter has retired from professional hockey, Michael Russo of The Athletic reports. Over a 10-year NHL career, the Minnesota native played in 473 games, scored 41 goals and 93 points, and was a member of the Stanley Cup-winning 2006-07 Anaheim Ducks. Carter also played a key role in the Devils' march to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, though the Kings ultimately lifted the trophy. Having returned to Minnesota in 2014-15 to play for the Wild, Carter began to struggle with injuries and only played 18 games in 2016-17, all of which were at the AHL level.
Carter (shoulder) signed a prorated one-year, two-way contract with the Wild on Sunday, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Carter's career appeared in jeopardy following surgery on his right shoulder last season, but he will receive another shot with the Wild. However, it's unlikely the veteran will make enough of an impact to be worthy of consideration in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. He only tallied 15 points in his best NHL season. The contract suggests he's no longer dealing with a shoulder issue.
Carter (shoulder) will skate with Wild during their pregame skate Friday and is likely to continue practicing with the team for the rest of February, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune reports. Russo calls Carter's participation in Minnesota's practices "a tryout of sorts" where the team will see if he can keep up physically with the pace of play and will decide if he can be of use for the rest of the season and beyond. If the Wild signed Carter by the March 1 trade deadline, he would be eligible to be on the roster for the playoffs. Either way, Carter has never put up more than 15 points in a season and would be coming off a major shoulder injury, so he shouldn't be on many fantasy owners' radars.
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.
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