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The Hockey Writers Jul 22, 2017

Karl Alzner’s Potential Impact in Montreal

Even after the flurry of early offseason activity, the Montreal Canadiens still have plenty of question marks heading into the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. General manager Marc Bergevin still has a few major problem areas on the roster. Among those, he must determine who’s going to play center and who’s going to round out […]
Newcomer Karl Alzner has high praise for Canadiens organization

Newcomer Karl Alzner has high praise for Canadiens organization

Defenceman Karl Alzner, who signed a five-year, US$23.125-million free-agent contract with the Canadiens on July 1, had some high praise for the organization during a radio interview with Sportsnet’s 960 The Fan station on Wednesday. “I didn’t really know what Montreal […]
Raw Charge Jul 3, 2017
Recapping Tampa Bay Lightning’s moves in free agency

Recapping Tampa Bay Lightning’s moves in free agency

Have the Lightning won or lost the free agency game? It’s kind of hard to tell. Upon the conclusion of the NHL Entry Draft, the hockey world shifts its view to the next big moment of the off-season—free agent frenzy. At noon on July 1st each year, teams try to outbid one another for the biggest fish who hit the market. In doing so, more often than not teams overpay and are stuck with the consequences when the player whom they sought is no longer at the top of their game. The biggest fish to hit this year’s open market were defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner, who landed...
Canes Country Jul 3, 2017
Storm Advisory for July 3: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

Storm Advisory for July 3: NHL News, Rumors, Links and Daily Roundup

The shuffling of the Washington Capitals continues, and the Canadiens lock down their best player with an 8-year extension. Reading Assignments The Washington Capitals lost not only Justin Williams, but also Karl Alzner, whom the Montreal Canadiens were able to bring him in with a risky extra year on the deal than most teams were offering. [Sportsnet] A stagnant salary cap has made life for a UFA not quite as lucrative as perhaps they were expecting a few seasons ago. [AP] The Canadiens were busy again, today locking up their franchise netminder with an 8-year extension that will run until...
CSN Washington Jul 3, 2017

Capitals lineup projection: Johansson trade shuffles up the offensive lines

It was a busy weekend for the Capitals. On Saturday, the team watched free agents Kevin Shattenkirk, Karl Alzner and
The Montreal Canadiens’ salary cap situation after the Karl Alzner signing

The Montreal Canadiens’ salary cap situation after the Karl Alzner signing

Looking at the financial situation after adding one of the biggest names on the market. Heading into the first day of free agency, the Montreal Canadiens had about $19 million in cap space. Their main move was to add Karl Alzner to the roster, committing $4.625 million to the former Washington Capitals defender for the next five seasons. Justin Blades/Eyes on the Prize The move leaves them with about $14.6 million in space to sign three players. And the three players in question are all guys who have top-end skill. Andrei Markov’s situation is a special case because...
FOX Sports Jul 1, 2017
NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era

NHL free agents take high-priced hit in stagnant cap era

Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20-plus-million contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era.
CSN Washington Jul 1, 2017

Karl Alzner made one final visit to the Caps on Saturday

After nine years as a Capital, Karl Alzner couldnt leave without saying goodbye.Washingtons longtime Iron Man stopped by Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Saturday to shake
Instant Analysis: Signing Karl Alzner to a five-year deal is a step backward

Instant Analysis: Signing Karl Alzner to a five-year deal is a step backward

The Habs made their first move of free agency, and it was a questionable one at best. Marc Bergevin’s first move of free agency wasn’t only notable for the player he brought in, but also for the one who may be forced out to make room. By signing Karl Alzner to a five-year contract with an AAV of $4.625 million — a 65% raise on his previous deal — there may not be enough salary cap space, or roster space, to re-sign Andrei Markov, who officially became a free agent at noon Eastern. One of the most productive defenders in Montreal Canadiens history could be playing out the final years...
Karl Alzner signs with Habs

Karl Alzner signs with Habs

The former Washington defenseman heads up north on Canada Day! After losing Alexei Emelin to the expansion draft, the Montreal Canadiens have replaced his blue line presence with former Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner. Canadiens agree to terms on a 5-year contract with free agent defenseman Karl Alzner. #GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/8c4U7V4QqT— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 1, 2017 The term appears to be expensive, with a total salary over $23 million, but getting a top four defenseman was a need for Marc Bergevin’s team.
The Hockey Writers Jul 1, 2017

Canadiens Sign Karl Alzner

The Montreal Canadiens have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Karl Alzner to a five-year contract worth $23.125 million. The deal carries a cap hit of $4.625 million and is a sizable increase from the $2.8 cap hit that he carried for the last four seasons with the Washington Capitals. The deal was reported by Aaron Ward […]
The Montreal Canadiens sign Karl Alzner to a five-year $23M contract

The Montreal Canadiens sign Karl Alzner to a five-year $23M contract

The long awaited free agent frenzy starts with a bang in Montreal One of the bigger names on the free agent market this year is that of former Washington Capitals defenceman Karl Alzner. While he was sought after by several teams, it would appear Marc Bergevin is the winner in the race to sign him. It’s uncertain what the other teams including the Jets offered Alzner, but it’s clear that he liked what he saw in Montreal. Per @DarrenDreger, Alzner terms in MTL: 5 x $4.625M.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2017 With the deal being five years, the cap hit comes in right...
Free-agent frenzy: Canadiens sign defenceman Karl Alzner

Free-agent frenzy: Canadiens sign defenceman Karl Alzner

STU COWAN A lack of offence was the downfall of the Canadiens in the playoffs last season, but as the free-agent market opened at noon Saturday general manager Marc Bergevin went out and got a defensive defenceman. Bergevin signed free-agent defenceman […]
Japers' Rink Jul 1, 2017
Thanks, Iron Man: Karl Alzner Signs Five-Year Deal With Montreal Canadiens

Thanks, Iron Man: Karl Alzner Signs Five-Year Deal With Montreal Canadiens

On the first day of free agency, the long-time Washington favorite signed a new long-term deal with Montreal. Thanks for everything, Iron Man. On Saturday, NHL free agency got off to a rip-roaring start, and one of the first key defensive pieces off the board was Washington’s own Karl Alzner, who signed a new five-year deal worth $4.5 million AAV with the Montreal Canadiens. Alzner, who holds the Capitals franchise record for consecutive starts (more than 520+ in a row), had been the most important and constant piece of Washington’ defense for nearly a decade. He was drafted fifth...
Report: The Habs will sign Karl Alzner to a five-year contract

Report: The Habs will sign Karl Alzner to a five-year contract

The Habs are set to make their first move of free agency. With free agency just a few hours away from officially getting under way, the Montreal Canadiens have reportedly made their first move. It seems that Bergevin will be offering a five-year contract with a $4.5 million AAV to former Washington Capitals defenceman Karl Alzner. Unofficially hearing Alzner and Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a 5 year deal at roughly $4.5M per. #TSN— Aaron Ward (@NHL_AaronWard) July 1, 2017 Rumours about the Canadiens’ interest in the blue-liner had been circulating for a few weeks, and it seems...

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