The Washington Capitals ensured that restricted free agent center Mike Carman would be returning to the organization for the 2012-13 season by signing the 24 year old forward to a one year contract extension. Capitals’ Vice President and General Manager George McPhee made the announcement Friday. Capgeek reports that Carman will earn $65,000 at the AHL level in Hershey and $525,000 with the Capitals.
Carman came over to the Capitals’ organization from the Colorado Avalanche and doubled his point touble while in Hershey. With the Bears, Carman tallied five goals and seven assists in 32 games compared to six points with the Lake Erie Monsters. In the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, the center contributed a goal in the five game series against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Carman played a key role down the stretch on the Bears’ penalty kill, often playing with Garrett Mitchell.
With this signing Hershey has at the very least assured themselves of depth down the middle. Carman joins Ryan Potulny, David Civitarese as centers signed for the 2012-13 season. Zach Hamill is currently a restricted free agent and should assume the second center role if signed. Carman earned some time on the first line in Hershey last year, contributing to a streak in points late in the year. He mostly centered a line with Matt Pope and Cody Eakin last year for the Bears’.
Kevin Marshall and Zach Hamill are the only remaining restricted free agents that finished the season in Hershey. The Bears’ unrestricted free agents include Kyle Greentree, Christian Hanson, Joel Rechlicz, Keith Aucoin, D.J. King, Sean Collins, Zach Miskovic and Graham Mink.