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Caps re-sign Alzner: four years, $11.2 million

Jul 10, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

Karl Alzner #27 of the Washington Capitals skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 22, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Flyers defetaed the Capitals 2-1 in the shootout.
(March 21, 2012 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Washington Capitals have re-upped with one of their key restricted free agents, agreeing to terms with defenseman Karl Alzner on a four-year, $11.2 million deal.

“We are very pleased to sign Karl Alzner to a contract extension,” Caps GM George McPhee said in a statement.  “Karl is just entering his prime and has been a model of consistency for our organization since he entered the League.

“He plays tough and valuable minutes against some of the NHL’s top players every game.”

Alzner, 24, will carry an average annual cap hit of $2.8 million until the 2016-17 season.

The former WHL Calgary standout set a career-high for average time on ice per game (20:57) last season, upping it to 22:18 in the playoffs.

Washington’s No. 5 overall pick at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Alzner finished second on the team in blocked shots last year (85), fourth among all defensemen in hits (45).

He was in the final year of a two-year, $2.57 million deal.

Earlier this summer, McPhee shot down any notion of possibly losing Alzner to an RFA offer sheet, saying Washington would match anything given to Alzner or Washington’s other key RFA — forward Marcus Johansson.

The deal is a solid one from McPhee, who now has his two youngest blueline talents — Alzner and 23-year-old John Carlson — locked up for a combined $6.76 million per season until 2017.

  1. ibieiniid - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    STEAL!

  2. dglelite - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    Good move at a respectable cap hit.

    They had 8.5 mil to play with….down to 5.5 mil.

    Now, sign majo at 1.5 for three years and then sign grabovski to a two year, 8 mil deal.

    MAKE IT HAPPEN!

  3. subliminalnoize - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Okay, so GMGM signed the biggest name out of the two RFA’s now he needs to work some voodoo on MoJo. Otherwise sitting on your hands this recent Free Agency was all for not.

  4. operwapitsai - Jul 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    best move by GMGM in a long time. Alzner is one of the best stay at home D in the league

  5. capsrockva - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Great Signing

  6. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Wow that’s really cheap. He’s easily their best defensive defenseman. Good signing by GMGM.

  7. capsfan19 - Jul 11, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    YEEESSSSS. Just made my day. Best on this team

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