Carey was reassigned to AHL Belleville on Wednesday. Carey will likely find himself moving between leagues frequently this season, as he figures to be the primary call-up option when injuries pop up. In his five NHL outings this year, the Boston native is pointless while averaging a mere 9:08 of ice time.
Carey was recalled by the Senators on Tuesday, Steve Lloyd of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports. Carey's a solid fourth-line player with seven goals and 14 points in 60 games last season. The Sens need depth at forward since Brady Tkachuk (groin) and Max McCormick (lower body) are considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday's game versus the Maple Leafs.
Carey signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Senators on Sunday. He will make $700,000 at the NHL level with that figure decreasing to $350,000 in the AHL. The two-way aspect of this deal will allow the Senators to freely move Carey to the minors and back without having to expose him to waivers. Last season, he made his way into 60 games, adding seven goals and just as many assists for the Rangers. We'll have to see him average more than 10:16 of ice time to take him seriously in fantasy circles, but we're fairly certain that Carey does not have top-six upside.
Carey skated for 60 games in 2017-18, notching seven goals and seven assists while averaging 10:16 of ice time. This was Carey's first season in New York and also the first he didn't primarily play in the minors, but after posting 55 points (24 goals, 31 assists) in 55 games for AHL Hershey last season, he didn't have much more to prove at the lower level. Carey did enjoy an above average shooting percentage of 13.7, but even with the inflated mark he wasn't shy of firing the puck anyway, as he averaged 1.5 shot attempts per game. The 29-year-old is set to be an unrestricted free agent, and with the Rangers in the middle of a youth movement, he could be forced to find another home.
Carey finished with a minus-1 rating over 9:17 of ice time in Thursday's 4-3 loss to the Flyers. Only Cody McLeod (8:49) saw less ice time. Carey has just one point in his last 24 appearances and has only played more than 10 minutes once in the last 12, so his fantasy value is asymptotic to zero.
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