In a press release, the Arizona Coyotes have announced that they have signed forward Michael Carcone to a two-year, $1.55MM contract extension. It will be a one-way deal for Carcone, who was scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency in a few weeks.
Without many games under his belt at the NHL level, Carcone could still see some ice time for the Coyotes this upcoming season in case of injury to the typical roster. Signed out of juniors by the Vancouver Canucks back in 2016, Carcone has played 30 games in the NHL, all in Arizona, scoring six goals and three assists.
Even though Carcone hasn’t been much of a factor for the Coyotes, it is quite easy to tell why Arizona felt the need to extend him before the offseason even started. Not only was he one of the best scorers in the AHL this season, he was statistically the best. In 65 games for the Tuscon Roadrunners, Carcone scored 31 goals and 54 assists, earning him the John B. Sollengerger Trophy.
As well as earning top-scorer honors in the AHL this year, Carcone was also one of three forwards on the 2022-23 AHL First All-Star Team at the season’s end. Eliminated by the eventual Western Conference champion Coachella Valley Firebirds in the first round of this year’s Calder Cup playoffs, Tuscon should still be in good shape with Carcone on the roster.