2012 NHL Free Agency: Capitals Defenseman John Carlson Not Concerned About Lack Of New Contract

Coming off the final year of his entry-level contract, Washington Capitals restricted free agent defenseman John Carlson has yet to sign a new deal with the team.

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Alexander Semin To Sign With Carolina Hurricanes

Alexander Semin is trading one red jersey for another. The winger has signed a one-year deal worth $7 million with the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday, according to a tweet by Yahoo! Sports writer Dmitry Chesnokov.

The signing by Carolina ends a seven-year career marked by inconsistency, especially in the playoffs. In his NHL career he has scored 197 goals and 408 points but despite his offensive prowess, Semin could never seem to find any amount of consistent play. In the postseason, in 51 games he has only scored 15 goals and 19 assists.

Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford is plenty pleased with the signing.

For his part, Semin is quoted in a Hurricanes press release as saying: "I'm very happy to be a Carolina Hurricane. It's a great fit for me. I look forward to playing with great players, and putting together a winning season."

Semin's departure now really shows that the Capitals are trying to get players on this team that will completely buy in to Adam Oates' new system.

Stick with this StoryStream for news updates and more from the Capitals 2012 free agency. For all things Capitals, check out Japers' Rink.


Mike Green, Capitals Confident In Defenseman's Resurgence

The Capitals took a step to keep one of their young stars in town for a few more years to come, signing Mike Green to a three-year contract extension worth $18.25 million on Monday.

Green, who was a restricted free agent this summer at age 26, elected not to sign his one-year, $5 million qualifying offer with the Capitals Sunday. Instead, he gets a three-year deal - at a raise over the four-year, $21 million deal that expired this past month.

With the market for free-agent defensemen heated right now - former Capitals defenseman Dennis Wideman earned a five-year, $26.25 million deal from the Flames just last month - the Capitals give Green a raise - but they take up at least two years the Calgary native would have gotten as an unrestricted free agent next summer.

But injuries took their toll on the blueliner the last two seasons, and even impacted the negotiations with the Caps this past year.

"It's been a long process," Green told reporters on a conference call Monday. "I think negotiations started early on in the year. Then with the setback of the injury, we were going to wait, and then wait after the playoffs, wait after the draft and then after free agency. It's been pushed back, but I think we knew I obviously wanted to be in Washington, and they wanted me back.

"So, there were times to wait, but I'm glad it's done with now."

Just 18 months ago in January 2011, Green was named an assistant captain for Team Staal in his first All-Star Game in Raleigh, and was coming off back-to-back seasons of being nominated for the league's Norris Trophy for top defenseman.

Since that All-Star appearance, Green has just three goals and six games in 37 regular-season contests, but the Capitals are banking on a full recovery from the Calgary native.

He was injured when a slap shot from Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik injured him on February 6, 2011, and Green just played two regular season games the rest of the way, suffering a pair of injuries that kept him out of the lineup for most of the regular season and was knocked out for Game 4 in the second-round sweep by Tampa.

This past year, a sports hernia limited Green to just 32 regular season games, but he did play all 14 playoff contests.

"I'll be honest with you, I really didn't feel like I was back to myself until the middle of the playoffs [this year]," Green said. "Not as far as the mental game, but just my injury from surgery, not that it was bothering me to the extent to the extent I couldn't play my game or whatnot, but physically it took that long for my injury to heal and play my game again. It was a little too late, the season ended too short for us.

"But I'm 100 percent now and ready for next season."

Green thrived under former coach Bruce Boudreau's offensive style which allowed him to rush the puck up ice, and he established himself as one of the league's top puck-rushing defensemen from 2007-08 to 2009-10. But his game was hemmed in under the change to a more defensive posture under Boudreau and Dale Hunter when he was more limited with what he could do offensively.

Now, with new coach Adam Oates bringing a more offensive style back to the Caps, Washington hopes Green can capture some of that saw him record 149 points in two seasons before his injury troubles set in.

"I think that I played more of a defensive game [under Hunter], in that sense, that's what Dale expected was grinder, chip-in, chip-out kind of game," Green said. "I respect him as a coach, played that way, and played hard for him.

"But I also at the same time excited Adam is here, really excited. From what I heard and how he likes to coach it fits my style of play and a lot of the other guys. Hopefully there's a balance between Bruce Boudreau and Dale. I think Adam's the guy."

While Green could have taken the qualifying offer and likely reach free agency next summer, he opted to take a longer deal and keep himself in the fold two more years when the Capitals offered it.

"I was more looking for two [years], but three made sense for us. I want to be in Washington, and when they offered three, I had no problems signing another year because I love it there."

And, asked if he could get back to the 70-point plateau he enjoyed before the injuries set in, Green left little doubt.

"100 percent. It'll be next year," he said. Asked again, he replied "Absolutely. There's no question about it. I feel like I'm getting into my prime."


2012 NHL Free Agency: Mike Green Re-signs With Capitals For 3 Years, $18.25 Million

After turning down the Capitals' intial qualifying offer to him, defenseman Mike Green has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, agreeing to a three-year, $18.25 million extension. Despite missing much of last season with injury problems, Capitals general manager George McPhee is hopeful that the 26-year old can be an asset going forward under new coach Adam Oates.

We are pleased to re-sign Mike Green to a new contract, Mike is one of the best young defensemen in the National Hockey League and is just entering his prime. He will continue to be a key part of our team moving forward.

Green played in 32 games last season and recorded seven points on three goals and four assists, but managed to have a plus-five rating overall. The hope here is that with a full offseason of recovery, Green will come back for the 2012-13 season and recapture the form that got him named as a finalist for the Norris Trophy (Defensive Player of the Year) twice.

Stick with this StoryStream for news updates and more from the Capitals 2012 free agency. For all things Capitals, check out Japers' Rink.


Wojtek Wolski Looks To Jumpstart Career With Capitals

The former first-round Draft pick will try to recapture his once-promising form in Washington


Washington Capitals Re-Sign Jay Beagle To 3-Year Deal

Jay Beagle hasn't put up any kind of offensive numbers during his time as a sometimes fourth-liner with the Washington Capitals, but he's effective at eating up ice time without shipping a high volume of goals, which was good enough to earn him a new contract with the team.

The deal will pay Beagle $700,000 in 2012-13 and $1 million in both 2013-14 and 2014-15. The Capitals will take an annual cap hit of $900,000.

Beagle turned down his option for salary arbitration earlier in the day, for now obvious reasons. He did very little in his career up until the second half of last season, when he became a key defensive center and penalty-killing option for the Capitals.

This signing leaves the Capitals with only two unsigned restricted free agents, Mike Green and John Carlson.

For more on the Caps, head over to Japers' Rink. For more from around the NHL, head over to SB Nation's NHL hub page.


NHL Free Agency 2012: Mathieu Perreault Envisions Role On Top Lines

For the last two seasons in Washington, Mathieu Perreault has helped the Capitals fill a sizeable gap at the second-line center role. Now, with a new deal with the Caps, he might be asked to fill a void at wing on one of the top two lines.


NHL Free Agency 2012: Capitals General Manager George McPhee Says 'Not A Great Crop' Of Free Agents Available

The Capitals will likely look for improvements via the trade market.


Capitals, Alexander Semin Not Negotiating, According To Report

The Alexander Semin era is more than likely coming to a close on Sunday, according to a report by Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington.com. Semin's agent, Mark Gandler, says that there have been no negotiations between the team and the winger and there are no plans to start in the next 48 hours.

Gandler told CSNWashington.com he has had no contract negotiations with the Capitals for the 28-year-old winger and does not expect any to begin in the next 48 hours. He also said he does not anticipate the Capitals trading Semin's rights to another NHL team, as they did with goaltender Tomas Vokoun and defenseman Dennis Wideman.

Semin's time in Washington has been fraught with peaks and valleys. While he has been a great scorer at times, 197 goals and 408 points in seven seasons with the Capitals, his postseason performance has been wholly inconsistent, scoring five goals and nine assists in the 2009 playoffs to only 2 assists in the 2010 playoffs.

The Capitals obviously are trying to revamp the team going into the 2012-13 season and Semin just doesn't have the consistent play to justify another one year extension on.

For more Capitals coverage, visit Japers' Rink. Follow all the news about the Capitals in free agency at SB Nation DC.


Washington Capitals Trade Tomas Vokoun To Pittsburgh For 7th-Round Pick

The netminder recorded a 25-17-2 record in his one season in D.C.


Alexander Semin Denies Decision Has Been Made To Leave Washington

Alexander Semin has denied that he has decided to leave Washington, less than 24 hours after his agent told ESPN that the left winger would test the free agent market.

Speaking in Stockholm, Sweden, where he will join the Russian national team at the IIHF World Championships, Semin issued the following statement, according to Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov.

This is all just talk. Words can get twisted. There was no talk at all that I am not going to sign with the Capitals for sure. I have not talked to them [the Capitals] about leaving. And please don't ask me questions about the next season anymore.

Chesnokov, who has as much insight into the NHL's Russian contingent as anyone, added his own reporting, as well.

I was told the decision by Semin and his agent, made well before the playoffs, wasn't necessarily to test the free agency, but rather to take his time to see how the negotiations between the League and the union go regarding the new CBA. There's always a concern players will agree to another considerable rollback in salaries. Moreover, with the recent changes in Washington with Coach Dale Hunter's departure, it's also wise to wait and see who will be named the head coach of the underachieving team. Or maybe even a new general manager.

The key phrase there, of course, is "well before the playoffs." There's always the possibility that something changed to prompt Mark Gandler's outburst. Either way, the countdown to July 1 is on.

For more Capitals coverage, visit Japers' Rink. Follow all the news about Semin and the Capitals in free agency at SB Nation DC.

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