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RFA John Carlson “can’t imagine playing anywhere else”

Aug 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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We’ve seen a host of other young players get locked up to long-term deals this summer (Taylor Hall, Jeff Skinner) but one young guy still waiting on a new deal is Capitals defenseman John Carlson.

Stephen Whyno of The Washington Times caught up with the 22 year-old budding star blue liner and finds out his eyes aren’t straying away from D.C.

“I love Washington, I love being here, I stay here for a lot of the summer. I like my teammates, I like the rink, I like the fans,” he said. “I can’t imagine playing anywhere else.”

That’s good for Caps GM George McPhee to hear since he won’t have to worry too much about another team swooping in with an offer sheet. Carlson and fellow young defenseman Karl Alzner make up their solid shutdown pairing and with Carlson continuing to grow his game, locking him up long term should be in the Caps’ plans.

  1. wethog66 - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Can only guess why GMGM is taking his sweet *** time to resign Carlson, but its time to lock this young guy up for the foreseable futre. Now.

    • jpelle82 - Aug 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      i wouldnt worry if i were a caps fan…this is probably related to the new cba…delayed by ownership or carlson’s agent. he will be a cap…no way they let him go even if he gets a retarded offer sheet from someone else they will match – cant afford not to.

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