Star defenseman John Carlson just got paid. Yes, make it rain, the Washington Capitals have managed to convince the veteran blue liner to remain with the Stanley Cup champions as both parties have agreed on a contract extension.
According to the information provided by NHL insider Bob McKenzie, Carlson's new deal is an eight-year contract, worth $64 million.
The report was then confirmed by team insider Isabelle Khursurdyan of the Washington Post, and the team eventually with a celebratory post on social media.
Carlson, who was on the verge of hitting the free agent market, had the season of a lifetime and the Caps will be able to once again to count on the veteran blue liner as they have for the last 10 years, when they drafted Carlson in the first round of the National Hockey League Entry draft... Carlson had been on a team-friendly contract for the past six seasons that paid him roughly $4 million per year.
With Carlson coming off a career year with 15 goals and 53 assists, making him the top-scoring blue-liner in the NHL, while averaging more than 25 minutes per game, his salary was expected to at least double.
Earlier today, it was reported that since the Capitals and Carlson were unable to agree on a contract extension during the draft, Carlson would test the market and meet with a few teams.
"As of the moment we do not have a deal in place with Washington and as permitted, I am getting/taking calls from other interested teams," revealed Carlson's agent Rick Curran to McKenzie on Sunday morning.
While both camps might have been struggling to find the right price tag for Carlson's contract extension, McKeznie's colleague and TSN insider Pierre LeBrun had also hinted that bonus structure for potential lockout years remains a strong issue in the ongoing discussions. However, here is the structure of the bonuses, as explained by LeBrun:
The New York Islanders were reportedly very interested in signing Carlson, especially now with former Capitals head coach Barry Trotz behind the bench of the team in Brooklyn.
However, all season long, Carlson had mentioned how much he wanted to stay in Washington, and we bet that the successful Stanley Cup run has been quite the perfect argument for the veteran defender to stay on board.
As he continued a long career with the Capitals, Carlson has amassed 77 goals and 256 assists so far in 608 NHL games, all with Washington.