The Washington Capitals have done what we hoped they would and signed him to a $64M ($8.25 M AVV) contract for EIGHT years. They said that signing Carly was a priority and they were true to their word and got the deal done with little delay!
Carlson contract year by year: 18/19, $6.5M SB, $5.5M salary, total $12 M; 19/20, $6.5M SB, $5.5 M salary, $12 M total; 20/21, $2 M SB, $6M salary, $8M total; 21/22, $5M SB, $3M salary, $8M total; 22/23 through 25/26 seasons, $2M SB, $4M salary, $6M total for each year
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 24, 2018
Carlson became an unrestricted free agent (UFA) on 1 July and as such was able to consider offers from other teams. It was pretty clear that John had an idea of what he wanted and what he would accept. When he cleaned out his locker of June 13, he said the Caps had not yet made him an offer– no big surprise since there was quite a bit of dancing in the streets of DC!!
Congratulations to him, and to Gina who has supported him through injury, Stanley Cup celebrations, and contract negotiations. We are thrilled that this great player and lovely family will be staying around.
Carlson was drafted by the Capitals in 2008 and with buddies Karl Alzner and Jay Beagle was a member of the 2008/09 Calder Cup winning Hershey Bears. He played his first game with the Caps in November 2009 recording six points in 22 games and scoring his first NHL goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in March 2010. He quickly became known for his speed and aggressive play, blocking forwards heading to the Caps net.
He moves the puck smoothly toward the opponents net and has been one of the highest scoring defensemen in the NHL. During the 2017/18 season he had more time on ice then his fellow players (24:51 ) and 11th in the NHL. His presence had been a game changer for sure. The stats speak for themselves:
When the 2017 season began we weren’t too sure John still had it in him. We loved the way he played in previous season- especially when he was paired with Alzner. But a series of injuries and personal Family struggles may have kept him from a 100 percent performance. He never really seemed to recover from his injuries in the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
During 2015/16 season Carly was on his way to claiming the Iron Man (playing 412 consecutive games) title for the team when he was injured in December and missed 12 games. He then missed another 13 games following corrective surgery for a fractured ankle. He returned with a bang in March, scoring the overtime game winning goal against the New Jersey Devils. It was obvious when he came back the first time that he wasn’t quite himself.
Carlson was out in April 2017 for the last four games of the regular season due to a lower-body injury and it wasn’t clear if he would make it for the playoffs. He was also out earlier in the season, again for a lower-body injury, missing six games.
We also found out this season that John and Gina had suffered through a ruptured ectopic pregnancy and two more miscarriages during 2016 and 2017. One of those losses occurred during the 2017 playoffs. Thankfully they were blessed with a healthy beautiful Rudy in May 2018. One can only imagine how difficult a time those two years were for John, having to leave his wife to support his family.
The couple, who was married in September 2014, welcomed their first son, Lucca, to the family in June 2015. We have loved watching them grooming Lucca into a future hockey player in his own right! They live quietly and are close to Gina’s family in Maryland. Gina is an active fund raiser for St. Judes. Check out her fundrasing page to become part of her donor team and follower her on Instagram to participate in her raffles during the season, which frequently include Caps tickets and a meet and greet with John. This couple is such an incredible gift to the Caps community.
Often herald as one of the most underrated D’s in the league, John has been one of the most consistent Caps players. As as player, John is known as a key component to the Caps power play. At 6’3”, 210 pounds, he is a brick wall opponents don’t want to run into.
John Carlson is good for the Capitals and will be instrumental in that run for a second– or third – CUP.