Caps Sign Carlson, Re-Assign 21 to AHL HersheyPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
The Caps and defenseman John Carlson came to terms on a six-year, $23.8 million deal on Friday. The contract pays Carlson $3.8 million for the upcoming 2012-13 season and $4 million for each of the five seasons thereafter, and it carries a salary cap hit of $3.97 million per season. The 22-year-old Carlson just finished playing out his three-year entry-level deal in 2011-12, totaling nine goals and 32 points while playing in all 82 games. Carlson has played in all 82 Washington games in each of the last two seasons, joining blueline partner Karl Alzner in that distinction. In the last 23 years, no Caps defenseman has played more regular season games (186) at such a young age than Carlson has. In the team’s history, only three defensemen (Scott Stevens, Kevin Hatcher and Robert Picard) have played in more games than Carlson at the age of 22. Carlson is the first Washington blueliner to record two seasons with 32 or more points by the age of 22 since Hatcher did so in 1987-88 and 1988-89. Carlson averaged 21:51 in ice time last season, second among all Washington blueliners behind only Dennis Wideman (23:54). Wideman was dealt to Calgary in late June. Despite skating an average of just 1:25 per game in power play ice time to Wideman’s 3:16 last season, Carlson matched Wideman for the team lead in power play goals by a defenseman (four) in 2011-12. In other Caps news on Friday, the team assigned 21 players to AHL Hershey and loaned forward Tom Wilson to Plymouth of the OHL. The players reassigned to AHL Hershey are: Mike Carman, Stanislav Galiev, Garrett Mitchell, Danick Paquette, Mattias Sjogren, Matt Clackson, Zach Hamill, Ryan Potulny and Ryan Stoa; defensemen Brett Flemming, Tomas Kundratek, Dmitry Orlov, Cameron Schilling, Dustin Stevenson, Kevin Marshall, Patrick McNeill and Garrett Stafford; and goaltenders Brandon Anderson, Philipp Grubauer, Braden Holtby and Dany Sabourin.
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