Carlson signed an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with the Capitals on Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. As an unrestricted free agent, Carlson could have started talking with other teams Sunday, but the Capitals managed to lock up their top defenseman before he could even do so. Carlson led all defensemen in points last season when he tallied 15 goals and 53 assists.
Carlson is close to re-signing with the Capitals, reports NHL.com. The Caps freed up cap space by moving Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to the Avalanche on Friday so they could pursue Carlson's re-signing with greater earnest. The team wants to sew him up before Sunday, the day when the pending UFA can start chatting with other teams. "We're going to do our best to sign John, we've said it all along," Caps general manager Brian MacLellan said. "We're close, and hopefully we can close the deal here in the next 24 hours." Carlson led all NHL defensemen with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists) this season.
Carlson, a pending unrestricted free agent, expressed his desire to remain with the Capitals, though he added, "there's more to it than that," Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports. Reading between the lines, Carlson knows that he'll be able to command a substantial pay raise following his efforts in bringing the franchise its first Stanley Cup win. The savvy veteran added five goals and 15 helpers over 24 games of the 2018 playoffs after securing career highs in assists (53) and points (68) during the regular season. He cashed in $3.96 million annually over the life of a six-year deal that will officially expire July 1.
Carlson helped Washington clinch its first Stanley Cup victory in franchise history Thursday by chipping in a power-play helper in a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights. Carlson was a major source of offense from the blue line throughout the postseason, with 12 of his 20 points in 24 games coming on the power play. He also led all defensemen with 68 regular-season points, so expect Carlson to net a hefty payday in unrestricted free agency, be it in Washington or elsewhere. Regardless of where he lands, the 28-year-old should offer plenty of value in both the real and fantasy rinks after helping guide his team to hockey's pinnacle.
Carlson scored a goal on three shots in Monday's Game 1 loss against Vegas. The Norris Trophy finalist has been a force from the point in these playoffs, leading all defenseman in points with 17 (four goals, 13 assists) in 20 games. His key role on the Capitals' dominant power-play unit was evident in the regular season, when he tied for 12th among all players in power-play points (32). This success has seamlessly transitioned to the playoffs, as 10 of his 17 points have come with the man advantage (three goals, seven assists).
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