The Washington Capitals have announced that they have signed forward Paul Carey to a one year two-way deal. He will likely play for the Hershey Bears. Financial terms of the deal have not been released. More from the Washington Capitals press release:
The Washington Capitals have signed forward Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Carey, 26, has earned one assist and four penalty minutes in 22 career NHL games with the Avalanche. The 6’0”, 190-pound forward made his NHL debut on March 12, 2014, vs. Chicago and played in 12 of Colorado’s final 17 contests in 2013-14. Carey appeared in 10 games with the Avalanche in 2014-15 and earned his first NHL point with an assist on Feb. 16 against Arizona. He was selected by Colorado in the fifth round, 135th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft.
Carey registered 34 points (15 goals, 19 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 60 games with Lake Erie and Providence (AHL) last season. He was traded from Colorado to Boston on March 2. Carey has recorded 96 points (42 goals, 54 assists) and 99 penalty minutes in 188 career AHL games with Lake Erie and Providence.
The Boston native registered 86 points (45 goals, 41 assists) in 147 games over four seasons at Boston College (2008-12). Carey won two national championships with the Eagles (2010, 2012) and was named to the 2012 Frozen Four All-Tournament Team after scoring three goals in the Frozen Four, including the game-winner in the national title game against Ferris State on April 7 in Tampa, Fla.
It sounds like Carey will likely not play for the Washington Capitals, though he could be a valuable depth forward in Hershey. This is another signing that the Washington Capitals have made to bolster the roster of the Hershey Bears. Carey still has some upside and likely could see some playing time with the Capitals if there are injuries. At worst, it sounds like Carey will serve as a mentor for the young Caps prospects in Hershey.