Karl Alzner D WAS 2 Months

Karl Alzner is excited for the 2014-15 campaign after the Capitals signed defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik this summer.

"I'm fired up about it," Alzner said when asked about the upgrade on the blue line. "I think we have, on paper right now, one of the deepest blue lines, so I'm happy about that. You know that you have to pay players to get them sometimes and we're happy, I'm happy, for all the guys whenever they can get a good paycheck and that's great. So if we're going to have to pay guys numbers that other people don't necessarily agree with and we want that player and need that player, then it doesn't matter to us - you've just got to get them." Well, obviously it's not that simple in a cap-based league, but regardless, the Capitals defense certainly has been upgraded this summer. As for Alzner in particular, he got next to no power-play ice time last season and that certainly won't change now that Niskanen has joined the team.

Karl Alzner D WAS 6 Months

Karl Alzner picked up two assists in Sunday's win over Toronto.

The defensive-minded rearguard has 16 points along with 121 blocked shots in 69 games this season.

Karl Alzner D WAS 9 Months

Karl Alzner scored his first goal of the season Saturday.

It was the game winner and it was the first goal Alzner has scored at home in his career. He now has six career goals in the NHL and has a goal and five helpers with a plus-four rating and 10 penalty minutes. While he has no fantasy value in traditional pools, his defensive play is getting him some consideration to play for Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics.

Karl Alzner D WAS 11 Months

Coach Adam Oates is reuniting Karl Alzner and John Carlson on the blueline.

Oates is concerned about the defensive play of the Capitals and Carlson is minus-five thus far with his ex-partner Mike Green a minus-seven. Oates is hoping that a return of Carlson and Alzner will help. Alzner is solid defensively and that should help Carlson.

Karl Alzner D WAS Aug 22 '13

Karl Alzner plans to put his best foot forward at Team Canada's orientation camp to try to earn a roster spot for the Winter Olympics.

"From what I've heard at least, they're looking for a left-handed shut down defenseman that can skate. That is usually the way I like to view myself," Alzner said. "When you're going up against the best players in the NHL you're always kind of looking [at other defensemen] and thinking 'Oh that guy can skate better than me, that guy's got a better stick than me.' You're always kind of picking things apart, but realistically I think that I have an opportunity. It's going to come down to how I'm playing at the time and also injuries, which we all know can happen so randomly." Alzner is one of three defensemen invited to camp to never represent Canada in international competition at the senior level, which will make him a long shot to earn a roster spot.

Karl Alzner D WAS Jul 26 '13

Karl Alzner's invitation to Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp came as a surprise to him.

Alzner was so startled to get a phone call from St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong that he assumed the Blues had traded for him. "I was thinking, 'Can we be making trades right now? How can we just re-sign [a four-year contract extension with the Caps] and then get traded?" Alzner explained. "There was a whirlwind of thoughts going through my head, all in a matter of seconds. It was pretty funny." Needless to say, Alzner is thrilled to be on the list of people invited to attend the camp.

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Karl Alzner is happy for the security his four-year/$11.2 million contract provides him with.

Alzner ended up settling for a very reasonable $2.8 million cap hit. "For me, it's mainly about security, being able to stay in one place," Alzner said. "Knowing you have a deal for the next four year was something we were really interested in. Hopefully, it's all in one place and I'm not traded or anything like that." He's a key blueliner for the Capitals, but his lack of offensive upside hinders his fantasy value in standard leagues.

Karl Alzner D WAS Jul 11 '13

Karl Alzner hopes the Washington Capitals add another noteworthy free agent.

"We haven't done a whole lot, trying to lock up some of the guys right now," Alzner said. "But there's still a ton of good players out there that, if we have the opportunity to get, can help us tremendously." The Capitals don't have a lot of cap space, but at this point there might be some players open to signing relatively cheap one-year contracts with an eye of proving themselves for the 2014 free agency period.

Karl Alzner D WAS Jul 10 '13

Karl Alzner inked a four-year deal with the Capitals worth $11.2 million.

Alzner was a restricted free agent. He is a 24-year-old top-pair, shutdown defenseman who will be very affordable for the Capitals, as he comes with just a $2.8 million cap hit. He had five points in 48 games last season. "We are very pleased to sign Karl Alzner to a contract extension," said general manager George McPhee. "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."

Karl Alzner D WAS Jul 02 '13

Washington Capitals extend qualifying offer to Karl Alzner.

This was just a formality for the Capitals, who have said they'll match any and all offer to Alzner and fellow RFA Marcus Johansson. Alzner only had one goal and five points in 48 games last season but is a steady presence on the Caps' blue line at just 24 years old. Alzer doesn't have much fantasy value at this point.