The Washington Times - February 2, 2012, 07:08PM

The Washington Capitals got a little bit older and more experienced Thursday as part of a shake-up at the bottom of the roster. Gone is 20-year-old Cody Eakin and up from the Hershey Bears is 33-year-old center Keith Aucoin.

Aucoin is the No. 1 scorer in the American Hockey League this season with 11 goals and 59 assists in 43 games. His scoring prowess in the minors is well-known, as he has 777 career points in 673 AHL games.

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The journeyman’s NHL experience is limited to 75 games, including 22 with the Caps. He has shown scoring spurts but hasn’t been able to fill the stat sheet at the top level of the game in the same was as he can in the AHL.

Earlier Thursday, the Caps acquired minor league center Mike Carman in a deal that sent defenseman Danny Richmond to the Colorado Avalanche, or rather their AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters.

Aucoin will wear No. 23 and be on the ice for Friday’s practice.