John Carlson
D WSH
2 weeks ago

Carlson recorded a goal, an assist, a plus-3 rating and four shots during Thursday's 7-6 overtime loss to the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

Carlson has four points in the first two games of the season and is well on his way to meeting the career-high 68 points he totaled last season. The 28-year-old should again be one of the top fantasy blueliners in 2018-19 so keep him in your lineups.

John Carlson
D WSH
3 weeks ago

Carlson notched one assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 4-0 preseason win over the Blues.

EDGE Analysis

Carlson showcased a breakout season last year, racking up 15 goals and 68 points while firing 237 shots on goal. He struggled with a lower-body injury earlier in camp, but his appearance Tuesday reaffirms his health. Expect Carlson to be one of the top blueliners targeted in fantasy settings this campaign.

John Carlson
D WSH
3 weeks ago

Carlson (lower body) will play Tuesday against the Blues, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Capitals are playing it careful with Carlson, as they should. After all, he's coming off a season where he potted 15 goals and 53 assists. The 28-year-old is key to Washington's defense, so any good news on his health is welcomed.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 weeks ago

The Capitals are taking a cautious approach with Carlson's (lower body) recovery, but the "ultimate plan" is for the defender to play Tuesday against the Blues, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

This news rules Carlson out of Friday's matchup with Carolina, but suggests he's likely close to being back to 100 percent. The 28-year-old American is still considered day-to-day, so there's no reason to believe his lower-body injury will linger into the regular season.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 weeks ago

Coach Todd Reirden will consult with the medical staff regarding whether Carlson (lower body) can suit up against Carolina on Friday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The news effectively rules Carlson out for Thursday's preseason tilt. It appears the blueliner is trending in the right direction and should be in the lineup Tuesday versus St. Louis if he isn't quite ready to face the Hurricanes.

John Carlson
D WSH
1 month ago

Carlson (lower body) joined Monday's training camp session, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

When (if) Carlson takes the ice in a preseason contest remains to be seen, but the Capitals will log three games in the next five days, so there will be plenty of opportunity for the defenseman to suit up. At this point, there is no reason to think the Massachusetts native won't be ready for Opening Night.

John Carlson
D WSH
1 month ago

Carlson is dealing with a lower-body injury, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Carlson could miss some preseason contests in order to ensure he is 100 percent, there shouldn't be too much concern that he won't be ready for Opening Night against Boston on Oct. 3. The defenseman is coming off a career year in which he set highs in goals (15), assists (53) and shots (237).

John Carlson
D WSH
4 months ago

Carlson signed an eight-year, $64 million contract with the Capitals on Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

As an unrestricted free agent, Carlson could have started talking with other teams Sunday, but the Capitals managed to lock up their top defenseman before he could even do so. Carlson lead all defensemen in the NHL in points last season when he tallied 15 goals and 53 assists, and he has essentially doubled his salary as a result.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 months ago

Carlson is close to re-signing with the Capitals, reports NHL.com.

EDGE Analysis

The Caps freed up cap space by moving Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to the Avalanche on Friday so they could pursue Carlson's re-signing with greater earnest. The team wants to sew him up before Sunday, the day when the pending UFA can start chatting with other teams. "We're going to do our best to sign John, we've said it all along," Caps' general manager Brian MacLellan said. "We're close, and hopefully we can close the deal here in the next 24 hours." Carlson led all NHL defensemen with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists) this season.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 months ago

Carlson, a pending unrestricted free agent, expressed his desire to remain with the Capitals, though he added, "there's more to it than that," Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Reading between the lines, Carlson knows that he'll be able to command a substantial pay raise following his efforts in bringing the franchise its first Stanley Cup win. The savvy veteran added five goals and 15 helpers over 24 games of the 2018 playoffs after securing career highs in assists (53) and points (68) during the regular season. He cashed in $3.96 million annually over the life of a six-year deal that will officially expire July 1.