Originally posted on ProHockeyTalk:
The plight of three unsigned RFA defensemen — Michael Del Zotto, P.K. Subban and John Carlson — has been one of the offseason’s most compelling storylines.
Today, Carlson’s story came to an end.
The Capitals announced they’ve inked the 22-year-old blueliner to a six-year, $23.8 million deal. The contract has an average annual cap hit of $3.97 million, a pretty significant pay raise from the $845,833 Carlson made on his entry-level contract.
“John is a talented young defenseman who has played very well for the Capitals and still has room to grow,” Washington GM George McPhee told the team website. “He wanted to make a long term commitment to the team and we are delighted that this young man who is an important part of our future will be a member of the club for many years to come.”
In his first two full seasons at the NHL level…
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