Capitals give Carlson six-year extension

Washington Capitals' John Carlson celebrates after scoring on the New York Rangers during the...

Washington Capitals' John Carlson celebrates after scoring on the New York Rangers during the second period in Game 3 of their NHL Eastern division hockey playoff game in Washington, May 2, 2012. (REUTERS)

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The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman John Carlson to a six-year, $23.8 million contract extension.

Carlson will earn $3.8 million in 2012-13 and $4 million per year from the 2013-14 season through 2017-18.

The 22-year-old Carlson had nine goals and 23 assists in 82 games last season with Washington.

"John is a talented young defenseman who has played very well for the Capitals and still has room to grow," Capitals general manager George McPhee said. "He wanted to make a long-term commitment to the team and we are delighted that this young man who is an important part of our future will be a member of the club for many years to come."

Carlson matched a Capitals single-season record for most points by a rookie defenseman (37) during the 2010-11 season.

Over 186 career games with the Capitals, Carlson has 17 goals and 58 assists.


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