Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson had the type of season that every player dreams of.
Carlson, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st, won a Stanley Cup and had the best season of his career in a contract year. Carlson led all NHL defensemen in points (68) and was tied for eighth in goals (15) this season. He went on to have a great postseason as well. Carlson picked up 20 points (5G / 15A) in 24 playoff games—the fourth most points by a defenseman in the postseason over the last 20 years.
“I want to stay here but there’s more to it than that,” Carlson told AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno.
The 28-year-old is the best defenseman on the free agent market, so it seems likely that he will get a similar contract to the one that Oliver Ekman-Larsson reportedly agreed with the Arizona Coyotes on. Matt Cane of HockeyGraphs projects that Carlson will sign an eight-year contract worth $8.635 million per season—roughly $69 million total. That would make Carlson the second-highest paid defenseman in the NHL, behind only P.K. Subban, who has a $9.0M AAV cap-hit and the ninth highest paid player in the entire NHL.