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Capitals Re-Sign John Carlson to Massive Eight-Year Deal

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The Washington Capitals have their man, as reports suggest the Capitals have agreed to an eight-year worth $64 million with top defensman John Carlson. Bob McKenzie of TSN was first report the news.

Pierre LeBrun of the Athletic provided details of the eight-year deal that will include a $2 million signing bonus 2020-21 and 2022-23 which are both potentially lockout seasons.

Carlson will remain with the team that selected him in the first-round in 2008. Last season, he posted a career-high 68 points that led all NHL blue-liners during the regular season. He also added 20 points in 24 games in the postseason to lead the league among defensemen in route to the Capitals capturing their first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

Carlson’s annual average of $8 million will have him tied for second-most among defensemen with Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks. Only P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators has a higher AAV at $9 million.

Capitals general manager released a statement on re-signing Carlson

The Capitals increased their chances of re-signing Carlson when they traded Brooks Oprik and his $5.5 million cap hit along with goalie Philipp Grubauer to the Colorado Avalanche for a second-round pick on Friday shortly before the start of the NHL Draft.



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