On Wednesday afternoon, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson spoke to the media via teleconference about the NHL’s pause on the season and voiced his thoughts if or when the league resumes play.
Carlson would like to have the remainder of the regular season “abbreviated” if possible. Before the pause on March 12, the Capitals held onto the first spot in the Metropolitan Division at 41-20-8 and 90 points and fifth in overall standings. They were already in a playoff spot and would hope to use those few games to get back into the swing of things prior to jumping into the playoffs.
“I think it seems like a long shot,” the defenseman said about possibly playing in centralized cities. He acknowledges that “any idea is a good” to have on the table. When asked how it would feel to be back on the ice if or when the NHL resumes play, Carlson said, “It will definitely feel like a new season, almost.”
Several discussions have taken place regarding the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs. “It will be a pretty special moment,” Carlson answered regarding when fans are allowed back into arenas and stadiums. They “feed off” the crowd whether at home or on the road and he added that “the whole dynamic will be different” playing in an empty arena. Carlson said it would be the new normal for all players to adapt quickly.
Ultimately, Carlson is more focused on returning to play than his personal achievements such as the chase for the Norris Trophy. “All I’m thinking about right now is keeping myself in the best shape given the circumstances.” Trainers have been giving the team different workout programs and cardio drills to stay in shape.
The 30-year-old keeps in touch with his teammates as much as possible. He has been enjoying time at home with his wife Gina and two sons Luca and Rudy. “Hearing my name screamed around the house a lot more is fun.”
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This season, John Carlson became one of 14 defensemen in NHL history to have recorded at least 1.09 points per game in a single season through 69 games. Nine of the previous 13 defensemen have won the Norris Trophy in their career. Carlson will speak to the media today at 12 p.m. via a Zoom video call. The video will be posted on the Capitals website and available on the @Capitals Twitter page.