According to Mike Vogel, Karl Alzner’s deal is for two years, $2.57 million. Vogel also reported that Alzner will be paid $1.3 million this season, and $1.27 million in 2012-13, a major bargain if we ever saw one.
So to run the numbers by you, between acquiring a borderline elite goaltender in Thomas Vokoun, and re-signing a soon-to-be-elite defensemen in Alzner, George McPhee used less then $2.8 million in cap space. Wow! In other words, McPhee signed two great players, spending less then half the cap space, the Philadelphia Flyers used, in acquiring Ilya Bryzgalov, who isn’t even as good as Vokoun. If you are bargain hunting, McPhee is definitely the man to have by your side.
With Alzner back in the fold, as long as the Capitals can re-sign John Carlson by next season, they should have a shutdown pair for years to come. This organization knows how valuable it is, to have not one, but two of the best young defenseman, on the same team. In that sense, we are hopeful that the Capitals will re-sign the ever versatile Alzner, to a new deal before his contract expires, as they potentially lose a couple cap heavy contracts in the next few years. That should give this organization enough breathing room, to re-sign Alzner to a figure that more closely represents his value. For now, he is a steal.
In looking back, we consider this Alzner deal to be the final touches on a masterpiece of an off-season. To date, not only have the Capitals kept a player in Alzner who many argue is a better ‘pure’ defensemen then even John Carlson, (Personally, I disagree.) the Capitals also re-signed Brooks Laich, acquired some veteran toughness and playoff prowess, and solidified the goaltender position, while stealing a 1st and 2nd round pick for a goaltender who apparently, no longer wanted to be a Washington Capital. It doesn’t get much better then that.
More coverage from Washington Capitals Examiner on the off-season moves of the Washington Capitals.
- 6 years, $27 million: The value of Laich’s new deal depends on what the Caps do next.
- A statistical breakdown of what the Caps gained, and lost this off-season.
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Post edit: One of our favorite Capitals writers, Neil Greenberg, told us that we should also credit Assistant General Manager Don Fishman, a known cap space expert, for his hand in these deals. We aren’t about to disagree. Props indeed to Mr. Fishman.