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Two-Year Contract For Karl Alzner

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to have re-signed Karl Alzner to a two-year contract,” said McPhee. “We feel he’s an important part of our defensive core who logs critical minutes against other teams’ top players.”

Alzner, 22, recently completed his first full season in the NHL, playing in all 82 games with the Capitals and posting career highs in goals (two), assists (10), points (12), penalty minutes (24) and plus/minus (+14). His 132 blocked shots were third on the team while his 98 hits were tied for seventh. Alzner was one of just three NHL defenseman aged 22 and younger to play in all 82 regular-season games. In addition, he ranked sixth on the team in average time on ice per game (20:00). The Burnaby, British Columbia, native recorded an assist in nine playoff games and was tied for second on the team with 20 blocked shots.

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$1.3 million/year

George McPhee’s had himself one Hell of an offseason.

Posted by steviesteve on 07/15/11 at 01:20 PM ET

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Alzner, 22, recently completed his first full season in the NHL, playing in all 82 games with the Capitals and posting career highs

Wow, it’s not every player who posts career highs in his first year!!!

Posted by Garth on 07/15/11 at 01:27 PM ET

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Before everyone starts praising McPhee, this was an easy season. Alzner just completed his first NHL season and had no arbitration rights. He was a restricted free agent. He had no leverage. Any general manager, even a dumbass like McPhee, wouldn’t offer him much more than what he had to.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/15/11 at 01:35 PM ET

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Before everyone starts praising McPhee, this was an easy season. Alzner just completed his first NHL season and had no arbitration rights.

Posted by cs6687 on 07/15/11 at 12:35 PM ET

Quite true, at least wrt Alzner. Not a Caps fan by any stretch, but I will say that McPhee managed to do pretty handling the goaltending situation, so for now at least, the guy deserves some props.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 07/15/11 at 02:04 PM ET

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