Carlson signs eight-year contract with Capitals


John Carlson has inked an eight-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals


Carlson’s new deal will be worth $64 million for an annual average value of $8 million per season. He was eligible for unrestricted free agency, but the Capitals made sure that didn’t happen. Carlson led all defensemen in scoring during the regular season with 68 points in 82 games.

“John has been an exceptional and consistent player for our franchise and has blossomed into being one of the top defensemen in the NHL,” said MacLellan. “Defenseman like John are a rare commodity in our League and, at 28 years of age, we feel he is just entering his prime. As a right-handed defenseman, John plays in all key situations and has contributed greatly to our team’s success on the special teams. We are pleased for both parties to have come to an agreement and for him to continue his great career as a Washington Capital.”

Carlson was selected by the Capitals in the first round, 27th overall, in the 2008 NHL Draft. Carlson has earned 333 points (77g, 256a) in 608 career NHL games with Washington and ranks sixth all-time among franchise defensemen in career assists and seventh in games played, goals and points. His 199 points (44g, 155a) over the last four seasons is the ninth-most in the NHL among defensemen. Carlson is one of 28 active defensemen with at least 300 career points.

During the Capitals’ Stanley Cup run, Carlson recorded 20 points (5g, 15a), which is a franchise record by a defenseman in the postseason. Additionally, Carlson’s playoff point total was the third-most in a single postseason by a defenseman in the playoffs over the last five seasons. In 100 career playoff games, Carlson has recorded 55 points (18g, 37a). He leads the franchise in career playoff goals and points and ranks third in assists.

Since entering the league in 2009, Carlson has participated in a full season six times. Carlson played in his 600th NHL/Capitals game on March 24, 2018 at Montreal. He is one of eight defensemen in franchise history to reach the 600-game mark. Carlson also holds the third-longest consecutive games played streak in franchise history, appearing in 412 consecutive games from April 9, 2010, to Dec. 26, 2015.

The Caps’ cleared an additional $5.5 million in salary-cap room on Friday night at the NHL draft in Dallas. Washington traded veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche as part of a package with goaltender Philipp Grubauer in a deal that would make it easy for the team to extend Carlson this weekend.

Any team in the league would love to have a John Carlson. The Washington Capitals are lucky to have this man locked in. Great work by everybody to find a way to make it happen.