After playing 591 games in a Washington Capitals uniform, Karl Alzner’s tenure in the nation’s capital is over. The talented defenseman signed a five-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. The deal is reportedly worth over $23 million.
Karl Alzner's deal with #Habs is worth $23.125 million over 5 years, an average cap hit of $4.625M.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) July 1, 2017
Alzner, 29, had been a mainstay within the Capitals organization since being drafted fifth overall in 2007 NHL Draft. Durable and reliable, Alzner had play in every Capitals’ game since the start of 2010-11 season.
Last season he posted 13 points but had a career-high plus-23 rating. Very skilled as a defenseman, Alzner had racked up total of just 177 penalty minutes throughout his Capitals career.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 1, 2017
Despite being an integral part of the Capitals organization, his time with Washington was sealed when the team elected to sign Dmitry Orlov to a massive five-year deal worth $30 million earlier this week. The Capitals simply did not have the necessary salary cap space to retain Alzner.
Now he heads to a Montreal team that needed to bolster its defense to help replace the loss of traded P.K. Subban.