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Karl Alzner Signs 5-Year Deal with Montreal Canadiens

After 591 games, Karl Alzner is leaving the Capitals to play elsewhere

 

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.

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.

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.

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