Capitals Sign RFA Carlson

The Washington Capitals announced they have agreed to a contract with RFA defenseman John Carlson.  The deal is 6 years, $23.8M in which he will earn $3.8M the first year and $4M the following five years.

The Capitals took a big step in locking up their defensive core for the next several years.  Earlier this summer, they extended defenseman Mike Green for three years but lost defenseman Dennis Wideman as he was traded to Calgary and signed an extension.  Along with Karl Alzner, this core will be the backbone to the Capitals’ success in the upcoming seasons.

Capitals VP and GM, George McPhee spoke on Carlson saying, “John is a talented young defenseman who has played very well for the Capitals and still has room to grow.  He wanted to make a long term commitment to the team and we are delighted that this young man who is an important part of our future will be a member of the club for many years to come.”

The Capitals have had tremendous regular season success with a stacked offense over the last half decade but it has dwindled in the post season after getting knocked out in either the first or second rounds every season.  After firing Bruce Boudreau, the team has adopted a strategy of defense first but still possessing a strong offense.

Carlson is very young, only 22 years old, but possessing talent and potential to grow even more.  With Alzner and Green getting older, the team will soon be on the Carlson’s back.  He has adapted to the pace of the league putting up 9 goals and 23 assists for 32 total points last season.  Expect those numbers to grow this season as he matures and gets more ice time.

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