John Carlson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Capitals are ‘really close’ to re-signing defenseman John Carlson

    Washington Post "A deal between pending unrestricted free agent defenseman John Carlson and the Washington Capitals appears imminent after the team cleared an additional $5.5 million in salary-cap room on Friday night at the NHL draft in Dallas. Washington traded veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to the Colorado..." June 23

  • John Carlson wants to return. The Caps want him back. Can they make the numbers work?

    NBC Sports Washington "Caps GM Brian MacLellan said he anticipates opening contract talks with pending free agent John Carlson in the coming days. MacLellan also said on Wednesday that he’s hopeful of working out an extension with the 28-year-old. Carlson led all defenseman during the..." June 14

  • Carlson wants to stay in Washington, but admits 'there's more to it than that'

    The Score "John Carlson, the top pending free-agent defenseman set to hit the open market on July 1, wants to stay in Washington, but admitted it's easier said than done. "I love it here," he told reporters at the team's locker clean-out Wednesday, according to NBC..." June 13

  • How the Caps can keep Carlson and go for 2 in a row

    The Score "Stanley Cup celebrations will continue throughout the offseason for members of the Washington Capitals, but for the team's general manager Brian MacLellan, he'll get back to work almost immediately. The first order of business for MacLellan is quite obvious: get on the phone..." June 09

  • Why Capitals’ John Carlson is about to get all the money

    Sportsnet "John Carlson is three wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup and four weeks (or less) away from a life-changing payday. And he’s playing the best hockey of his life. “Yeah, I would say that,” says Carlson, the NHL’s best impending unrestricted free..." June 02

  • Devils Should Avoid Carlson Sweepstakes

    The Hockey Writers "NHL free agency is exactly a month away from today, and the New Jersey Devils will have plenty of money to spend come July 1. One of their most significant needs this offseason will be finding a top-four defenseman that has some puck-moving abilities and can shut down the..." June 01

  • Trotz expects Backstrom, Carlson to suit up Monday in Pittsburgh

    NBC Sports Washington "Nicklas Backstrom is expected to suit up in Pittsburgh on Monday night as the Caps look to eliminate the Penguins in Game 6 of the teams’ second round series, Coach Barry Trotz said on Sunday. Backstrom suffered an upper-body injury Saturday night and did not finish the game, a 6-3 Caps’..." May 07

  • Backstrom leaves Game 5 hurt, Carlson takes big hit late

    Washington Times "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman John Carlson are being further evaluated for injuries, following the team’s 6-3 win over Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5. Backstrom left the game shortly after his last shift 6:48 into the third period and did not return. Capitals coach Barry Trotz..." May 06

  • Carlson 'fine,' Backstrom expected to play but will be re-evaluated Monday

    The Score "The Washington Capitals' two key injured players appear to be good bets to suit up for Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said defenseman John Carlson is fine, and he expects Nicklas Backstrom to play but cautioned "we'll see where he is..." May 06

  • Carlson has been bargain for Capitals

    Fanrag Sports "Although the playoff fate of the Washington Capitals remains uncertain, one thing has become fairly clear headed toward the offseason: John Carlson is going to get paid. The veteran defenseman’s six-year contract is in its final months and his production in both the regular season and early..." April 20

  • Capitals won't decide on re-signing Trotz, Carlson until after playoffs

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals will wait until after the Stanley Cup Playoffs before deciding whether to try to bring back coach Barry Trotz and defenseman John Carlson next season, general manager Brian MacLellan said Friday. Trotz and Carlson each is in the final season of his contract and helped..." April 06

  • Why a sign-and-trade makes sense for John Carlson, under the radar execs

    The Athletic "I present to you John Carlson as a second potential case for the salary-cap era’s first sign-and-trade deal. I detailed the potential merits of a John Tavares sign-and-trade a couple of weeks ago, perhaps a long shot, but a possibility no less that his camp is making sure to cover in its..." March 28

  • John Carlson extension talks on hold until after the season despite mutual interest from player, team

    NBC Sports Washington "The NHL trade deadline came and went on Monday and the Capitals stood pat, but they did reportedly kick the tires on two big-name defensemen in Erik Karlsson and Ryan McDonagh. Both players would have obviously provided a big boost to the defense, but they both also have something else in..." February 27

  • Brian MacLellan puts cards on the table, says he wants Carlson back 'no matter what'

    NBC Sports Washington "One of the biggest questions facing the Caps this season has been what will the team do with defenseman John Carlson? Carlson is on the final year of his contract and, as his current deal pays him just under $4 million, is due a significant raise. But the Caps already have over $58 million..." January 13