The Nashville Predators have reportedly signed free agent forward Daniel Carr. The contract is for one year with Carr set to make the league minimum $700,000. Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada first reported the deal.
AHL regular season MVP Daniel Carr signing with NASH
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2019
Daniel Carr to Sign with Nashville
Carr has made sporadic appearances in the NHL for the last several years. The forward signed with the Montreal Canadiens after a successful NCAA career at Union College. The Alberta native would go onto play 94 games for the Canadiens spanning across three seasons. His best season for Montreal came during the 2017-18 season where he scored six goals and added 10 assists in 32 games.
Carr then signed with the Vegas Golden Knights but did not become a regular part of the lineup, playing in only six NHL games this past season. Though he did not play in the NHL much, Carr made a name for himself this year in the American Hockey League. Playing for the Chicago Wolves, Carr totaled 71 points in 52 games. This output was enough to capture the MVP award for the 2018-19 season.
.@Chicago_Wolves forward Daniel Car is the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player.
— AHL (@TheAHL) April 19, 2019
The forward continued his strong play throughout the AHL playoffs, tallying 12 points in 15 games. The Wolves would ultimately fall to the Charlotte Checkers in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Carr has never fully established himself as an everyday NHL player, but he also has not always had the chance. The winger plays with energy and has shown the ability to score at the AHL level. If that scoring ability can translate in any way to the next level, Carr may be a solid depth addition to the Nashville lineup.
For the Predators, this is a low risk proposition. Nashville will pay Carr league minimum for just one year. Carr is a decent possession forward, carrying a career 52.1 percent Corsi-For on 48.7 percent offensive zone starts. With a relatively thin bottom-six, the Predators should find Carr as a perfectly serviceable depth player in the NHL.
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