The Minnesota Wild have decided to bring back a familiar face on a new deal.
According to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Wild have signed forward Ryan Carter a one-year, two-way contract for the remainder of the season.
Carter signed a PTO with the club on Feb. 18, and has since played three games with AHL affiliate Iowa. The team needed to make a decision on him before the March.1 NHL Trade Deadline, and have decided that he has recovered enough from his recent shoulder surgery to merit a contract.
Carter underwent shoulder surgery at the recommendation of the Wild, an agreement which he and the team established last year.
"(General manager Chuck Fletcher) was really good and fair," he told Russo in September. "He just told me to get surgery, get healthy, and depending where we both stand when I get healthy enough to play, we can go from there. He just said it's not fair to me to play hurt and it's not fair to the coach and team to not know if I can play through it.
"He said they'd help me with surgery, and I don't think they have any responsibility to take care of me, so I appreciate that."
In 60 games with the Wild last season, the 33-year old scored seven goals and added five assists in 60 games.