The Devils brought back a late season acquisition today, re-signing defenseman Connor Carrick to a two-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $1,500,000 – it breaks down to $1,500,000 in 2019-20 and $1,500,000 in 2020-21.
The 25-year-old Carrick was acquired on February 23, 2019 from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Ben Lovejoy and debuted February 25 against Montreal according to the press release put out by the Devils. He had two points that night (both assists) and “recorded his first goal as a Devil” on April 1 against the Rangers “notching the game-winner in a 4-2 victory.”
The native of Orland Park, Illinois, who was the Capitals’ “sixth selection, 137th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft,” seems to be extremely excited to be a part of the Devils going forward.
On Instagram, he wrote a post saying he was “(h)onored to join the hungry and promising New Jersey Devils.” He acknowledged that the fan interest and support is at a high and he can understand why with the moves the Devils have made this offseason. He said that he is ready to go (or “oozing with the fire to start the season as soon as tonight” as he put it) and will try to bring his best to the team.
He also mentioned that whenever he signs a NHL contract, “the privilege to play in the best League in the world is not lost on me.”
Carrick, in 201 NHL games with Washington, Toronto, Dallas and the Devils, has 11 goals , 30 assists and 41 points to go with 135 penalty minutes.