Capitals Re-Sign John Carlson


The Washington Capitals have signed Defenseman John Carlson, 22, to a six-year, $23.8 Million contract extension today. Carlson will earn $3.8 million in the 2012-2013 season and $4 million per year through the 2017-2018 season.

Carlson has 17 goals, 58 assists, 74 penalty minutes and a +17 plus/minus rating in 186 regular season games, as well as providing five goals and seven assists with a +3 plus/minus rating in 30 playoff games over the last three seasons.

Capitals GM George McPhee described Carlson’s benefit to the team in the press release.

“John is a talented young defenseman who has played very well for the Capitals and still has room to grow,” said McPhee. “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 signing means the Caps will return their top defensive pairing of the 2012 playoffs in Carlson and Karl Alzner to anchor the defense for the 2012-2013 season.

Carlson was named to the NHL – All-Rookie Team in the 2010-2011 season and the AHL All-Rookie Team in the 2009-2010 season. After being drafted by the Capitals in the first round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Carlson was part of the Calder Cup winning Hershey Bears in 2009 and 2010, and helped the United States win gold in the 2010 World Junior Championship.