Washington Capitals goaltender, PHILIPP GRUBAUER (31), plays the puck during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals beat the Hurricanes 4-3. (31), plays the puck during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals beat the Hurricanes 4-3. (31), plays the puck during a game against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Capitals beat the Hurricanes 4-3.
John Carlson scored career-high’s in goals (15), assists (53) and points (68) last season. Some great timing a pending unrestricted free agent, already due to earn some significant term and dollars in his next extension.
Re-signing the defenseman at the dollars he was believed to command was going to be difficult for the defending champs. Just prior to Friday though, the Capitals made a move that seems to signal they’ll make every effort to re-up their top player on the back-end.
Just prior to the start of the draft, the Capitals traded the much-coveted pending restricted free agent, Philipp Grubauer along with defenseman, Brooks Orpik and his $5.5 million salary to the Avalanche in exchange for a second round pick.
The deal offers cap relief for Washington, who also has Devante Smith-Pelly and Tom Wilson as restricted free agents and due to earn contracts with medium raises.
Carlson, 28, just closed out a six-year, $23.8 million contract, signed in 2012, according to Cap Friendly. His next contract could see him make up to $8.5 million per season on as many as eight years.
Grubauer, 26, enjoyed a career season with Washington, going 15-10-3 and entered the playoffs as the Caps starter before being replaced by Braden Holtby after allowing eight goals in back-to-back home games of the first round versus the Blue Jackets. Washington went on to win the series in six games.