With the Capitals’ season officially over the players and staff arrived at MedStar Capitals Iceplex for the annual “exit interviews” before the team goes their separate ways for the summer and offseason. Defenseman John Carlson gave his thoughts on the way the season ended, whether he will be going to the World Championships, and more.
When asked if he would be joining teammates Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Dmitry Orlov at the World Championships, Carlson was non-committal, saying “I haven’t considered it yet”. When asked about the impact veteran defenseman (and pending 38-year old Unresricted Free Agent) Brooks Orpik, Carlson called his former defensive partner a “pillar” who can help anyone at any level of their career.
John Carlson said he’s healthy. Hasn’t considered if he’ll go to Worlds.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 26, 2019
When asked about his career-season (a career-high 70 points), Carlson responded:
“I think I had a good year, I don’t judge myself on that, and I think I could have done a better job in the playoffs and that’s all I’m thinking about right now”.
Carlson also did not give a second thought to when asked if he was disappointed on not being named a Norris Trophy (Best Defenseman) finalist, responding with a quick, simple “No”. When asked about rookie defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler, Carlson praised the young blueliner’s skating ability and skill-set, saying that he played well when called up this season. Carlson was also asked about Ovechkin’s 51-goal, 89-point season at the age of 33, responding, “I don’t know the cut-off date”.
“I don’t know the cut-off date” on Ovi’s brilliance.. John Carlson is asked if he’s amazed that the #Caps captain had such an amazing season at 33.. But he points out that he’s been asked this question after every season.. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/CMlo3cVIoc
— Rob Carlin (@RobCarlinNBCS) April 26, 2019
John Carlson meets with reporters on breakdown day#ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/hYdKGpIUTu
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 26, 2019