The Anaheim Ducks announced this afternoon that the club has signed two players to contract extensions. Defender Brendan Guhle has signed a two-year extension with an average annual value (AAV) of $800,000 and center Sam Carrick has agreed to a one-year extension worth $700,000.
The 22-year-old Guhle was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. He played with their AHL team, the Rochester Americans, whom he represented at the 2019 AHL All-Star Game. That same season, he was trade to the Anaheim Ducks, in exchange for defender Brandon Montour.
In 2019-20, Guhle split the season between the NHL and AHL, tallying four goals and 10 assists in 27 games with the San Diego Gulls and eight points (four goals, four assists) in 30 games with the Ducks. He will no longer be waivers exempt next season.
Sam Carrick’s one-year deal is a carbon copy of his last, playing in 46 games for the Gulls (where he serves as an alternate captain) and nine games for the Ducks in said contract year. For the last two seasons, Carrick has been nearly a point-per-game player for the Gulls, but that hasn’t necessarily translated into big league success. He led the Gulls last season in goals (20), assists (23), points (43) and plus/minus, finishing with a kind of insane (if a bit meaningless) plus-27 — second-best in the league.
At 28-years-old, though, he’ll be lucky if his production plateaus for a bit, instead of a rapid decline.
Carrick hasn’t seen much NHL time to this point, and it’s unlikely it will ever be significant in the future. Still, it’s hard to be mad about cheap and decent depth.