Caps re-ink Alzner

  • Michael Prosser

The Capitals announced they have resigned defenseman Karl Alzner (courtesy of SB Nation)

The wait is over! The Washington Capitals have agreed to a 4 year deal worth $2.8 million as per the team’s website.

In 48 games last season, Alzner registered five points (1 g 4 a) and ranked third on the team in average ice time with over 20 minutes and becomes just the second Capitals player to appear in every game since 2010 with the other being defensive partner John Carlson.

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Alzner was drafted 5th overall by Washington in the 2007 NHL Draft and played

Alzner behind his own net during a game at Verizon Center (courtesy of The Score)

his junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL. Alzner spent the better part of three full seasons with the Capitals recording 44 points (5 g, 39 a) and a +/- rating of 17. Before joining the parent club, Alzner spent time with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he won a Calder Cup with the team in 2010 scoring a goal in the Cup-clinching Game 6 against the Texas Stars. Alzner also captained one of  the two Canadian IIHF World Junior Teams that won gold in 2008.

General Manager George McPhee had this to say about the signing:

“We are very pleased to sign Karl Alzner to a contract extension.  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.”

This, without a doubt, is a huge move for the Capitals as they have yet to make any sort of big splash in the Free Agent pond. The team named Brooks Laich it’s 2nd line center on Monday.

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