Washington Capitals Sign John Carlson To 6-Year, $23.8M Deal

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 08: Fredrik Modin #19 of the Atlanta Thrashers trips over John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals at Philips Arena on October 8, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals have reached a deal to keep 21-year-old defenseman John Carlson on the team for six seasons.

The Washington Capitals have reached a deal with young defender John Carlson that will keep him in a Capitals uniform for six years.

The 21-year-old, 6-foot-3 defenseman anchored the Caps defense this season, tallying 32 points and playing more shifts per game than any other player on the team. He's young and talented, and had a great playoff run for a defense that held tough to push series against the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the Eastern Conference to seven games. It's not a bad deal for either side to keep the 2008 first-rounder in Washington at that price.

The blueliner made a name for himself as a rookie in 2010, with a trio of pivotal scores: first he tallied a game-winner for Team USA in the finals of the World Junior Hockey Championship, his second of the game to give the squad a gold medal. He also scored a game-tying goal for the Caps in a playoff game against Montreal while also recording the winning goal to earn the Calder Cup for the Hershey Bears in the AHL.

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