With the free agency period quickly approaching, the NHL has opened the window, where teams can start talking to other unrestricted free agents and that may have really motivated the Washington Capitals to follow through with their intentions to re-sign John Carlson. The team announced on Sunday evening that the NHL's top scoring blueliner had re-signed with the club, inking a 8-year, $64 million deal, making him one of the highest-paid at his position.
Carlson finished the regular season with 15 goals and 68 points in all 82 games for the Capitals and then was very instrumental in the Capitals' Stanley Cup championship run, scoring 5 goals and 20 points in 24 games. The market for top end defensemen is very lucrative for the players, if you can get there and now Carlson ranks among the top three in defensemen cap hits, with $8 million per season.
Washington understood the need to have Carlson signed up and just how much it was going to cost them, so that was the main reason why they moved Brooks Orpik and Philipp Grubauer to the Avalanche before the draft, it was just that important.
|Alex Ovechkin||9.538||John Carlson||8.000||Braden Holtby||5.100|
|Evgeny Kuznetsov||7.800||Matt Niskanen||5.750||Ilya Samsonov||0.925|
|Nicklas Backstrom||6.700||Dmitry Orlov||5.100|
|T.J. Oshie||5.750||Jonas Siegenthaler||0.714|
|Lars Eller||3.500||Tyler Lewington||0.675|
|Andre Burakovsky||3.000||Aaron Ness||0.650|
|Brett Connolly||1.500||Christian Djoos||0.650|
With all of these moves done and a projected roster of 23 players, the Capitals are sitting in pretty good shape, heading towards the free agent frenzy, still with $8.6 million in space, just enough that they can tinker with what they have and really push towards repeating as Stanley Cup champions.