Kraken agrees to terms with Alex True, Connor Carrick
As September’s training camp approaches, the Kraken continues to shape its roster. The team announced their deal with forward Alex True, Seattle’s selection of the San Jose Sharks in the expansion draft, and defenseman Connor Carrick, who played 241 NHL games in seven seasons for Washington, Dallas and New Jersey.
True is well known to fans of the Western Hockey League and the Seattle Thunderbirds. He played for the T-Birds for three seasons from 2014 to 2017, scoring 45 goals and adding 39 assists. He played in the AHL San Jose Barracuda, where he scored 28 points in his first professional season. He played 12 games for the Sharks in 2019-20 and seven more last season.
His two-part contract (one salary when playing for the Kraken and a different salary while playing in the American Pro Hockey League) is one year at $ 750,000, which is also the Average Annual Value (AAV). or the salary cap reached.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound center from Copenhagen, Denmark has represented his home country in five world championship tournaments, including three consecutive seasons at the World Junior Championship. True was named captain of the 2017 tournament and won the WJC Best Player Award in consecutive seasons (2016 and 2017).
âAlex brings size and skill to our team at the central position,â said Ron Francis, Managing Director of Kraken. âHe’s young and has a successful Seattle hockey history, scoring big goals while playing in the WHL with the Thunderbirds. We look forward to continuing this success with our organization.
Carrick’s NHL experience spans eight seasons as a professional, after two years with the United States National Team Development Program, before being drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2012 ( 5e round, 137th overall) and a 2012-13 star season (12 goals, 32 assists in 68 games) with the top-flight Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
Highlights of Carrick’s NHL run include a start to the 2018-19 season with the Dallas Stars, playing 20 minutes of ice time per game before injury derailed his place in the roster. He transferred to New Jersey on the trade deadline in 2019 and has played 60 games for the Devils over the past three seasons, dividing time between the NHL and the AHL.
The Chicago-area native right-hander had 13 goals and 36 assists in 241 seasons, including a career-high 67 appearances with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2016-17. Carrick accepted the terms of a one-year two-way contract (AAV $ 800,000).
âConnor is a mobile and reliable defender who will serve our team in all facets of the game,â said Francis. âHis skills and experience will make him a valuable asset to our organization. “