The Wild has agreed to terms with center/winger Ryan Carter on a one-year, two-way contract.
Carter, who hails from White Bear Lake and played at Mankato, will be paid $725,000 in the NHL or $350,000 in the minors. But he was signed to play with the big club. It's clear the Wild look at him as a better fourth-line option than Cody Almond or Stephane Veilleux, who were both placed on waivers today.
The Wild actually offered Carter a one-way contract, I'm told, but Carter chose the two-way for slightly more money because if it doesn't pan out here, he can be placed on waivers and potentially picked up by somebody. One other team wanted to sign Carter, and so did Jersey, but the Devils don't have the room.
Here is a feature I wrote on Carter, a hero in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, a few years back.
He'll practice the next two days and likely make his Wild debut Thursday against the Colorado Avalanche. He has gone through an entire training camp with the Devils.
Carter, who had 10 points in 62 games last season with New Jersey, has scored 31 goals and 68 points in 360 games with Anaheim, Carolina, Florida and New Jersey.
He can play both center and wing and is a hard-working, good-skating checking role player. He finishes checks, can kill penalties and plays a responsible game. And as you can see in that feature, he has been good in the playoffs before.
When Justin Fontaine comes off IR, the Wild will have to make another roster move now.
"I'm beyond excited," Carter said by phone from Jersey. "It should be fun. It's kind of been a whirlwind. It kind of happened fast and is starting to sink in.
"There's a lot to be excited about going there. Everything away from the rink aside, I get a chance to play with Zach again. He's a good friend of mine. And when you look at the team and the roster and to have a chance to win, that's something that's extremely important to me. Going there with a chance to play and a chance to win is really exciting."
I'll update this blog later with all the post-practice stuff today from the gents who made the team, but one thing: Yeo changed the lines late in practice. Here are the new ones:
Zach Parise-Mikael Granlund-Jason Pominville
Matt Cooke-Mikko Koivu-Thomas Vanek
Nino Niederreiter-Erik Haula-Charlie Coyle
Jason Zucker-Kyle Brodziak-Stu Bickel/Justin Fontaine
My guess is Carter will play in Bickel's spot on Thursday and Fontaine will stay on injured reserve until the Anaheim game (Game 3) because he has missed so much of camp with a glute injury.
You can see the D pairs and the goalies on the other blog. Like I said, I'll be back with a bigger blog regarding all of today's stuff.