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.
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