Karl Alzner D MTL 4 weeks ago
Alzner supplied 12 points (one goal, 11 assists) while averaging 20:04 of ice time throughout 2017-18.
Although his points total doesn't necessarily stand out, Alzner was able to deliver 140 hits and block 144 shots throughout the course of the season, although he did stay on the second pairing even with Shea Weber (foot) sidelined. The 29-year-old was also potentially robbed in the points department, as he attempted 188 shots and had 84 on net, but just lit the lamp once -- he did however, start 63 percent of his shifts in the defensive zone which limited his offensive opportunities. Alzner's entering the second season of a five-year contract with Montreal, and figures to be deployed in a similar role in 2018-19.
Karl Alzner D MTL 3 months ago
Alzner had an assist for the second straight game along with two shots and four hits over 21:02 of ice time in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Flyers.
That's a rare point streak for Alzner, who last went back-to-back in October against Toronto and San Jose. With 10 points over 59 games, Alzner has delivered minimally on offense, which was expected. His minus-6, however, was not predicted. He's not the worst Canadien in plus-minus, but Alzer's well off the pace set with the Capitals over the last three seasons (plus-51).
Karl Alzner D MTL 4 months ago
Alzner scored his first goal of the season and added an assist with a plus-3 rating in a 5-2 victory over the Canucks on Sunday.
Scoring isn't his forte, so it's not too shocking he hadn't found the back of the net yet, but Alzner hasn't been the player fantasy owners or the Canadiens hoped he would be in 2017-18. At the halfway mark , he has just five points and a minus-10 rating. Alzner hasn't posted a minus rating in a season since 2013-14. He's only worth a look in deep leagues with time on ice as a category.
Karl Alzner D MTL 5 months ago
Alzner had two shots on net, one hit and three blocked shots in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Senators.
Offense isn't Alzner's forte, so fantasy owners need him to execute in the more traditional areas associated with blueliners, like blocked shots and hits. He's currently second on the team in both categories and has picked up the pace of late. Over the last 13 games, he's averaged 2.38 hits and 2.15 blocks per game.
Karl Alzner D MTL 6 months ago
Alzner failed to mark the scoresheet through 19:43 of ice time during Thursday's 3-0 loss to Minnesota.
The veteran defenseman has now gone nine games without registering a point and has just four assists and 14 shots through 17 contests for the campaign. Alzner entered Thursday starting 54.8 percent of his five-on-five shifts in his own zone and averaging 3:04 of shorthanded time per game. His current role keeps him off the fantasy radar in the majority of settings.
Karl Alzner D MTL 7 months ago
Alzner had a shorthanded assist, two shots on net, one hit and was minus-1 over 21:28 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 shootout win over Buffalo.
Alzner's defensive-zone poke check initiated a sequence that led to Phillip Danault's shorthanded, game-tying goal in the third period. It's the type of play that goes unnoticed, but is emblematic of Alzner's steady play on the blue line. The 29-year-old is one of three new faces on defense, so there may be some adjustment early on, something that showed Thursday when the Habs let 45 shots in on Carey Price.
Karl Alzner D MTL 7 months ago
Alzner will skate on the second defensive pairing alongside Jeff Petry when he makes his debut for Montreal on Thursday against Buffalo, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Alzner's received very little attention during training camp, as most of the ink and bytes have focused on 19-year-old defenseman Victor Mete, the Canadiens' habitual lack of goal-scoring, and the loss of significant pieces from last season's squad. Two of those gone from the team are defensemen Andrei Markov (21:50 ATOI) and Alexei Emelin (21:19). Alzner, a nine-year veteran who posted 3-10-13 totals and was plus-23 with the Capitals last season, plays a simple, but effective game on the blue line. He won't replace Markov's offense, but should quietly improve the defense in front of Carey Price.
Karl Alzner D MTL 8 months ago
Alzner has fully recovered from the hand injury he sustained in the first round of last season's playoffs.
Alzner signed a five-year, $23.125 million contract with Montreal this offseason, so he'll be expected to slot in as a top-pairing defender alongside Shea Weber in 2017-18. The 28-year-old rearguard has never been known for his offensive contributions -- he's only cracked the 20-point mark twice during his nine years in the NHL -- but he should thrive as a shutdown defenseman in front of an elite goaltender in Carey Price.
Karl Alzner D MTL 11 months ago
Alzner (hand), as expected, signed a five-year, $23.125 million contract with the Canadiens on Saturday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
By acquiring Alzner, the Habs get one of the league's toughest shutdown defenders. We're talking about six straight seasons without missing a single contest, though an upper-body injury that Alzner sustained in mid-April snapped the ironman streak of 599 consecutive games played, and a hand injury that won't require surgery crept up in the postseason. Despite the new evidence that he's human, Alzner should attract any fantasy owner involved in a league that imposes a heavy scoring weight on defensive totals. He amassed 360 hits and 534 blocked shots in his last three years with the Caps, and he could be in line for a substantial role with speculation that Andrei Markov has played his last game as a Hab.
Karl Alzner D MTL 11 months ago
Alzner is expected to sign a five-year, $23 million deal with Montreal on Saturday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Alzner had visited with Montreal in the days before free agency's official July 1 start so the destination isn't all that surprising. The former fifth overall selection from the 2007 NHL Entry Draft has been a stalwart defensive defenseman for the Capitals over the last nine seasons, and has a regular-season ironman streak of seven seasons heading into 2017-18. The 28-year-old defenseman has a lot of tread on his tires, but he will be surely missed by the Capitals, who now find themselves down two top-four defensemen after losing Nate Schmidt to the Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft.