Rumor: Dozen or more suitors for 1st round D-man!

Bidding wars ahead?!

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There is no secret for the National Hockey League fans, New York Islanders captain John Tavares tops the NHL free-agent class for 2018, which can sometimes take the attention off other very coveted players. 

On a recent list of top agents to watch out for, the Toronto Star reminds teams across the NHL that one former first round defenseman will be available on the market and could get several offers to join them.

Washington Capitals top defender John Carlson is set to become an unrestricted free agent in July and if the Caps cannot sign him back, you better believe rival clubs will jump on the opportunity to add his to their roster. 

The 28-year-old is under the microscope in his ninth NHL season, as he’s just months away from unrestricted free agency. The Caps could still manage to have him back in their lineup, but what if Carlson seeks more money.

"The anticipated rise of the salary cap, maybe to $82 million (U.S.), could help the Capitals re-sign Carlson. If they don’t, this prized No. 1 defenceman could have a dozen or more suitors," you can read in the Star. 

In 33 games with the Capitals thus far this season, Carlson has tallied three goals and 24 points, and a -4 rating. He ranks fourth in the NHL with a 26:16 average playing time.