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John Carlson re-signs with Capitals

June 25, 2018 - 9:22 am

By Joe Schiller

Since winning their first Stanley Cup over two weeks ago, it’s been a busy start to the offseason for the Washington Capitals.

It began with the departure of head coach Barry Trotz after the two sides failed to agree to a long-term extension. He quickly joined the New York Islanders and the front office followed the shocking news by trading goalie Philipp Grubauer and defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick the 2018 NHL draft.

The ever-changing offseason continues but fans will be delighted to hear the latest news coming out of the nation’s capital.

According to Isabelle Khurshudyan and multiple other reporters, the Capitals have re-signed defenseman John Carlson to an eight-year deal worth $64 million.

He was set to become an unrestricted free agent but the former first-round pick will continue his career in Washington.

Carlson is now the second-highest paid player on the Capitals’ roster behind Alex Ovechkin and rightfully so.  The 28-year old had an incredible season, tallying a career-best 15 goals and 53 assists. His 68 points were the best among defenseman in the NHL and Carlson proved his durability, playing in all 82 games.

Carlson’s versatility is exactly what earned him the payday. To have a defenseman that can score and provide assists in the attacking front gives the Capitals one of the most lethal scoring threats on that side of the ice.

As great as Ovechkin and the attack were up front, the Capitals relied on a strong defensive line. Carlson and goalie Braden Holtby were two of the major keys throughout the 2018 playoff run and both showed up when it mattered in the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Capitals will hope for the same production next season as they look to defend their elusive title.