In a swap of minor league players, the Avalanche sent forward Mike Carman to the Washington Capitals, on Thursday, in exchange for defenseman Danny Richmond. Carman was originally drafted by the Avalanche in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four years with the Minnesota Gophers (WCHA) before signing his first professional contract with Colorado in the spring of 2010. Carman will be a restricted free agent at season's end.
Carman showed prowess on the penalty kill in his first two seasons as a professional, but just didn't provide enough offensive production. He had nine goals and eight assists in 69 games in his first full pro season in 2010-11. This year he has contributed three goals and three assists in an injury riddled 28 games.
In Richmond, the Monsters are receiving a well traveled veteran defenseman. An unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, Richmond has found himself a healthy scratch several times this year with the Hershey Bears. He has four assists in 24 games. Originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Richmond has spent most of his career in the minor leagues after spending one year with the Michigan Wolverines (CCHA) and then London Knights (OHL).