Before the maddness of the 2016 NHL Draft began, the Washington Capitals tied up two of their unrestricted free agents, Paul Carey and Aaron Ness, to two-way contracts.
Carey played 44 games with the Hershey Bears and four with Washington before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He finished the year with 31 AHL points (13 goals, 18 assists) and his first NHL goal against the New Jersey Devils.
He was given a one-year deal, worth $575,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 in the AHL. Carey will turn 28 before the start of the regular season.
Ness was one of a few defenders who got a brief audition with Washington after Brooks Orpik went down with a prolonged lower-body injury. In eight games with the NHL, he assisted on two goals. In 62 games with the Bears, the University of Minnesota product scored six goals and provided 21 assists.
In 21 playoff games, Ness got 12 assists without a goal. Ness was awarded with a two-year deal for an average annual value $612,500 at the NHL level, and $387,000 with the Bears next year. There is a raise to $425,000 in AHL salary for 2017-18.
With Carey coming off surgery, he may need a little adjustment time to get back up to speed. For Ness, he will need to have a major year to challenge for a main roster spot, but is in an easy call-up spot.