HERSHEY, PA – Paul Carey’s impressive run with the Hershey Bears has come to an end as the high-scoring forward has signed a one-year deal with the New York Rangers.
The deal is a one-year, two-way deal with the Rangers and their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack. The deal came just after another Capitals free agent, Kevin Shattenkirk, also signed on with the Broadway Blueshirts.
Carey, a 5th round pick (#135 overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, has played for the Lake Erie Monsters, Providence Bruins, and Hershey Bears of the AHL as well as stints with the Avalanche (2013-2015) and Capitals (2015-2017).
While he’s only appeared in 32 regular season NHL games in his career with a goal and an assist, Caps fans are familiar with Carey as he spent considerable time in Washington this past season, particularly during the Caps playoff run.
In Hershey, Carey became known as the go-to guy. He had a league-best 19-game point scoring streak from October 26 through December 26 where he scored eight goals and added in 14 assists. All said, in 55 games this season for the Bears, he accounted for 24 goals and 31 assists, one of four players to break the 50-point plateau this season.
Additionally, in March, Carey became the first Hershey player since Mathieu Perreault to record four goals in a game, ironically against Hartford. It was his first professional hat trick.
If he does not earn a spot on the Rangers roster, Hershey fans will see quite a bit of Carey with the Wolfpack. Although AHL schedules have not been fully released, both clubs compete in the Atlantic Division.
I did an interview with Paul early in the season. That article can be found here.
By Julie Beidler
Paul Carey and NYR sign 1 year 2 way deal, $650K in the NHL, $400K in minors. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@NHL_AaronWard) July 1, 2017