The “summer of change” for the Capitals has now reached its climax with free agency beginning today. According to TSN and Tweeted by Aaron Ward, defenseman Karl Alzner has signed with the Montreal Canadiens. The deal is worth five years at $22.5 million, roughly $4.5 million per season.
Unofficially hearing Alzner and Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a 5 year deal at roughly $4.5M per. #TSN
— Aaron Ward (@NHL_AaronWard) July 1, 2017
Alzner was drafted by the Capitals as the fifth overall pick in 2007. He spent all nine of his seasons in Washington and played in as many as 500 consecutive games. That streak was snapped this past postseason with an upper body injury.
The veteran, shutdown defenseman scored 19 goals and 98 assists in 591 regular season games with the Capitals. Alzner will make his return to DC as a member of the opposition on Oct. 7 when the Capitals host the Canadiens for their home opener.
By Michael Marzzacco