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Carlson signs new contract with Capitals

  |   Sept. 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM
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ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Defenseman John Carlson has signed a six-year contract extension with the Washington Capitals that is worth $23.8 million, the NHL team said Friday.

Carlson, 22, is going into this third full NHL season. He scored nine goals and had 23 assists last season. Carlson set a team record for points by a rookie defenseman (37) the previous season.

In 186 NHL games, Carlson has 17 goals and 58 assists.

"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 will make $3.8 million this coming season and $4 million per season after that through 2017-18.

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