John Carlson
D WSH
2 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
2 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
2 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.

John Carlson
D WSH
3 months ago

Carlson scored a goal on three shots in Monday's Game 1 loss against Vegas.

EDGE Analysis

The Norris Trophy Finalist has been a force from the point in these playoffs, leading all defenseman in playoff points with 17 (four goals, 13 assists) in 20 games. His key role on the Capitals' dominant power-play unit was evident in the regular season, when he tied for 12th among all players in power-play points (32). This success has seamlessly transitioned to the playoffs, as 10 of his 17 points have come on the power play (three goals, seven assists). Carlson's proven power-play success paired with his healthy 25:56 average time on ice bodes well for future production in the fInals.

John Carlson
D WSH
3 months ago

Carlson recorded two assists in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Lightning in Game 2.

EDGE Analysis

He made his mark all over the scoresheet, tying Dmitry Orlov for the team lead with five shots while also chipping in two hits, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating. That's nothing new for Carlson, though, and the 28-year-old now has three goals and 14 points in 14 games this postseason with 48 shots on goal, 25 hits, 23 blocks and a plus-6 rating. Expect him to remain extremely productive as the series shifts to Washington for Game 3 on Tuesday.

John Carlson
D WSH
3 months ago

Carlson scored a power-play goal and added four shots in a game-high 29:17 of ice time during Tuesday's 4-3 Game 3 victory over Pittsburgh.

EDGE Analysis

Carlson did it all in this one, most notably opening the scoring 48 seconds into the middle frame with his second goal of the postseason. While that goal total's nothing to write home about, the regular-season league leader in points among defensemen also has eight helpers this postseason, giving him 10 points in nine games.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 months ago

Carlson registered a power-play assist as the Capitals defeated the Blue Jackets in Game 6 of the conference quarterfinals and advanced to the next round Monday.

EDGE Analysis

The venerable defenseman wound up with one goal and a playoff-high eight assists in the opening round of the postseason, and he would've had an additional apple had it not been for a late scoring change following Game 4. His unselfish playing style has been huge for the Capitals, who will now have the daunting challenge of facing the two-time defending champions from Pittsburgh.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 months ago

Carlson's assist from Thursday's Game 4 against the Blue Jackets was taken away and instead credited to Evgeny Kuznetsov, who officially finished with a four-point night, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Most fantasy leagues have official rules pertaining to late scoring changes, so if you played Carlson on Thursday, it might be worth combing through the site's official terms. With Carlson's helper taken away, it put an end to his five-game point streak that had begun in the second-to-last game of the regular season.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 months ago

Carlson registered a power-play assist and three shots during Thursday's 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 4.

EDGE Analysis

Carlson has been absolutely dominant thus far in the playoffs with a goal and eight points in four games. The 28-year-old defenseman continues to build on an incredible resume in 2017-18 as he marches towards a lucrative contract extension this Summer. The 27th overall pick from the 2008 NHL Entry Draft has established himself as one of the top blueliners in the league and should be an early selection in all formats come 2018-19 fantasy drafts.

John Carlson
D WSH
4 months ago

Carlson had three assists and six shots on net in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets in Sunday's Game 2.

EDGE Analysis

That makes a whopping six assists for Carlson in this series. He's now assisted on six of the seven goals the Capitals have scored in the playoffs after tallying 53 helpers in 82 games this year.