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Capitals face challenge in re-signing Karl Alzner

May 25, 2013, 11:54 PM EDT

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With his 2013 scoring totals hovering around the team lead before Alex Ovechkin really took over, many wondered if the Washington Capitals could keep Mike Ribeiro – and if it would be at the right price.’s Chuck Gormley believes that negotiations with Karl Alzner might just determine if the Capitals will bring him back.

It might be tough to properly assess Alzner’s value, however.

The 24-year-old defenseman’s focus has frequently been defense-first (second and last), so determining how much of a raise he deserves from his current $1.285 million cap hit could be a challenge. Gormley lays out the pending restricted free agent’s options; he could opt for a shorter deal with the hopes of cashing in big once he becomes unrestricted or follow fellow young Caps defenseman John Carlson‘s lead in sacrificing a bigger payday for more security.

Alzner didn’t sound too stressed about it either way.

“It’ll be fun to see how it all happens,” Alzner said. “You always hope for the best and I’m excited to see how the talks will go, but this summer, I approach every summer the same.”

As with any RFA, there’s at least the mild threat of an offer sheet if negotiations drag on. It’s not something Alzner has really considered much.

“I haven’t really even thought about it, to be honest,” Alzner said. “That would be weird. Like I said, I don’t know anything but [Washington]. It would be strange.”

Contract talks have the tendency to get a little weird here and there, though.

  1. capsfan19 - May 26, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Here come flyers offer sheets with rediculous price tags

    • ravenscaps48 - May 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Karl Alzner is leaps and bounds above every other defenseman on this team.

    • drone501 - May 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      hold on a minute. alzner isn’t a goalie is he?

  2. watermelon1 - May 26, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Caps need to dump every single one of their “defensemen” anyway.

  3. taintedlombardis - May 26, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    I’m sure this keeps George McPhee up at night with the cold sweats.

    • jpelle82 - May 26, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      dont know why, alzner sucks.

      • theageofquarrel - May 26, 2013 at 4:32 PM

        They shouldn’t sign him because all he does is get assists and doesn’t score as many goals as Ovechkin.
        What a waste of time.

  4. operwapitsai - May 26, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    please capitals and gmgm resign this guy. I believe he is one of the most underrated defensemen in the league. by far and long the best defensemen on the capitals

  5. kantnockdahustle89 - May 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    This is the only solid defensive d-man the Caps have at the moment. Not only that, he is a great guy to have in the locker room. Both of those types of players the Capitals do not have a lot of. Id take Alzner over Carlson any day of the week.

  6. govtminion - May 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    As well as Ribiero played this season, anything that changes the Caps’ ability to re-sign him is a bad, bad idea. Get Ribiero signed, THEN look at Alzner.

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 26, 2013 at 1:47 PM

      Ribiero the playoff ghost?
      Ribiero is an empty jersey and always has been.

  7. President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Fire McPhee

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