The Ottawa Senators have signed another player who spent much of last season with the Toronto Maple Leafs organization. Michael Carcone has inked a two-year two-way deal with the Senators after coming over as part of the Nikita Zaitsev–Cody Ceci trade. Carcone was a restricted free agent, and will now have a $700K salary in the NHL.
Now 23, the undrafted Carcone has played three seasons in the AHL after signing with the Vancouver Canucks in 2016. Sent to Toronto in exchange for Josh Leivo partway through the 2018-19 season, he ended up as a key offensive piece for the Toronto Marlies on another long Calder Cup playoff run. Carcone set career-highs with 20 goals and 44 points in the regular season, before adding ten more in 13 playoff contests.
A late-bloomer that only played two seasons in the QMJHL, Carcone will serve as forward depth for the Senators and another name to throw into the roster battles this fall. Ottawa’s lineup is wide open for players like this to make a name for themselves, and it seems likely that Carcone will get to make his NHL debut at some point over the duration of this two-year deal. At the very least he’ll be a solid addition for the Belleville Senators next season.