Capitals re-sign Karl Alzner to four-year contract
Karl Alzner has re-signed with the Washington Capitals. He will make $11.2 million over the next four years.
Alzner, a restricted free agent this summer, will count $2.8 million against the salary cap through the end of the 2016-17 season.
"We are very pleased to sign Karl Alzner to a contract extension," general manager George McPhee said in a team statement. "Karl is just entering his prime and has been a model of consistency for our organization since he entered the League. He plays tough and valuable minutes against some of the NHL’s top players every game."
The Capitals drafted Alzner with their first-round pick (No. 5 overall) in 2007. He's been a regular on their blue line in each of the past three seasons, appearing in every game since the start of the 2009-10 campaign.
He's become one of their most reliable players on the blue line and when McPhee says he plays tough minutes against the NHL's top players, he's not kidding. Just looking at this past season, Alzner's most common opponents during 5-on-5 play were, in order of minutes against, Jordan Staal, Evander Kane, Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis, Blake Wheeler, and Ilya Kovalchuk.
He's also a regular on the Capitals' penalty kill.
Given how important he is to their blue line and how well he's played, it's a pretty strong deal for the Capitals to get their top defensive defenseman signed for less than $3 million per year.
Follow Adam Gretz on Google+
Series schedules, results and updates from the second round of the Stanley Cup race
Subban had three points in Nashville's 4-3 win over St. Louis in Game 1, while Edmonton dropped...
Washington and Pittsburgh figure to go neck and neck, as do Anaheim and Edmonton
Cassidy went 18-8-1 after replacing Claude Julien in 2016-17
With the playoff field cut in half, the stakes keep getting raised
Green has led Vancouver's AHL affiliate since 2013