What's buzzing:

Puck Daddy

John Carlson signs 6-year deal with Capitals before CBA Armageddon

Greg Wyshynski
Puck Daddy

View photo

.

Getty Images

Defenseman John Carlson, shown here dancing Gangnam Style, is a foundational player for the Washington Capitals' future, even if his 2011-12 season was affected by the dreaded sophomore jinx.

On Friday, one day before the current CBA expires, the Caps finally handed their 22-year-old restricted free agent his new contract: six years, $23.8 million.

From the Capitals:

"John is a talented young defenseman who has played very well for the Capitals and still has room to grow," said McPhee. "He wanted to make a long term commitment to the team and we are delighted that this young man who is an important part of our future will be a member of the club for many years to come."

Carlson, 22, recorded 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 82 games last season with Washington, setting a career high in goals scored. He finished the season ranked second among Capitals blueliners in goals, points and shots (152) and tied for the team lead among defensemen in power-play goals (4).

The contract breaks down as $3.8 million in 2012-13 and then $4 million per season after that. Well, until the inevitable salary rollback in the new CBA, of course.

So if John Carlson -- an American Hero, for the record -- is worth a $3.967 million cap hit, what does Karl Alzner get in his next contract?

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Video: Jim Harbaugh and Jim Schwartz square off again
Jawan Jamison hits the circle button, unleashes a spin move to seal Rutgers' win
Las Vegas big enough for two marquee bouts on same night
Y! Finance: Is Apple's iPhone 5 boring?

View Comments (10)
  • Kipchoge wins London Marathon men's race

    Kipchoge wins London Marathon men's race

    LONDON (Reuters) - Former world champion Eliud Kipchoge outran his Kenyan compatriot Wilson Kipsang to win the men's race at the London Marathon on Sunday. Kipchoge recorded a winning time of two hours, four minutes, 42 seconds. Kipsang followed in … More »

    Reuters - 12 minutes ago
  • Athletics-Kipchoge wins London Marathon men's race

    LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) - Former world champion Eliud Kipchoge outran his Kenyan compatriot Wilson Kipsang to win the men's race at the London Marathon on Sunday. Kipchoge recorded a winning time of two hours, four minutes, 42 seconds. Kipsang … More »

    Reuters - 14 minutes ago
  • Tufa's late surge brings London Marathon victory

    Tufa's late surge brings London Marathon victory

    By Tom Hayward LONDON (Reuters) - Ethiopia’s Tigist Tufa was the surprise winner of the women’s London Marathon on Sunday after her powerful late break saw her cruise home 18 seconds clear of Kenyan Mary Keitany. After a tentative race Tufa broke … More »

    Reuters - 23 minutes ago
  • Overlooked Armitage would walk into England side - Botha

    Overlooked Armitage would walk into England side - Botha

    By Justin Palmer LONDON (Reuters) - Steffon Armitage is "world class" and would walk into England's forward pack for the World Cup if they relaxed their policy of not picking overseas-based players, Toulon team mate Bakkies Botha said. Back rower … More »

    Reuters - 26 minutes ago
  • Athletics-Tufa's late surge brings London Marathon victory

    (Adds details) By Tom Hayward LONDON, April 26 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's Tigist Tufa was the surprise winner of the women's London Marathon on Sunday after her powerful late break saw her cruise home 18 seconds clear of Kenyan Mary Keitany. After a … More »

    Reuters - 26 minutes ago