John Carlson Signs 8-Year Contract Worth $64 Million With Capitals

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Defenseman John Carlson signed an 8-year contract worth $64 million ($8 million AAV) with the Washington Capitals on Sunday evening. The 28-year old defenseman could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. 

Carlson led NHL defenseman with 68 points and tallied 15 goals in 82 games during the regular season. He also led NHL defensemen in scoring during the playoffs with 20 points and tied with five goals (Winnipeg Jets’ defenseman Dustin Byfuglien). Carlson posted two goals and four points during the Stanley Cup Final. He was a +11 in the playoffs but had an even rating in the regular season. Carlson also led NHL defensemen with 12 power play points and shared the lead with Nashville Predators’ defenseman P.K. Subban with four power play goals during the postseason. Carlson had 32 power play points during the regular season, second among defensemen behind Philadelphia Flyers’ defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (33).

In 608 career games with the Capitals, Carlson has tallied 77 goals and 333 points along with a +59 rating. In 100 career playoff games with the Capitals, he has posted 18 goals and 55 points. He is a +12 in his playoff career.

Carlson was eligible to meet other teams starting at 12 noon on Sunday afternoon but could not sign a contract until July 1. He could have signed a contract with the Capitals at any time.

The Capitals selected Carlson 27th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft and he has played nine seasons in Washington. He also won the Calder Cup in 2010 with the Hershey Bears, the Capitals’ American Hockey League affiliate.

The native of Natick, Massachusetts has represented the United States in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Carlson’s $8 million cap hit is the second highest on the Capitals behind captain Alex Ovechkin ($9.54 million).

“Defenseman like John are a rare commodity in our League and, at 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime,” Capitals’ General Manager Brian MacLellan said. “As a right-handed defenseman, John plays in all key situations and has contributed greatly to our team’s success on the special teams. We are pleased for both parties to have come to an agreement & for him to continue his great career as a Washington Capital. John has been an exceptional and consistent player for our franchise and has blossomed into being one of the top defensemen in the NHL.”

By Harrison Brown

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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32 Responses to John Carlson Signs 8-Year Contract Worth $64 Million With Capitals

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great news

  2. Agreeeeeeeeeeeed….

  3. Jon Sorensen says:

    With reported Carlson deal, Capitals are now $13,215,705 under salary cap, with several key signings to go.

  4. Diane Doyle says:

    Good they got him back. Granted, at an expensive price but it would have been really hard to replace him right off the bat.

  5. Great contract. A little to much for eight years I think.
    By the way, if anyone wants a magnet with Alex Ovechkin Stanley cup, ->

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