The 28-year old Carter played seven games with the Panthers this season and was held scoreless. The Devils do not expect the center to be a star, but will use him as another option to replace some production lost by injuries to Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson.
Devils GM Lou Lamoriello says of Ryan Carter: "We're not looking for any high expectations. This is a role player we feel can help."
Carter played for New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer last season in Florida and comes to the Devils with DeBoer's approval.
Carter played 20 games for DeBoer. Lamoriello: "I certainly went on Pete's recommendation. He's a solid 4th line center who can kill pens."
Carter will join the Devils either Wednesday night or Thursday morning and could be available to play Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyotes (10 p.m., MSG Plus).