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Caps Sign Prospect Carlson

The Caps have signed 2008 first round draft pick John Carlson to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced this afternoon.

Carlson, 18, was one of the biggest surprises of training camp, and the defenseman has continued his strong play with London of the OHL, where he has two goals and 10 assists in 12 games. He's also a plus-11.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  November 13, 2008; 4:48 PM ET
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Carlson > Alzner

Thank you McPhee!

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 13, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Nice move, looks like we may see him sooner rather than sooner I mean not this year.

Also can we start trading posters from this blog yet?

Posted by: superpaqman | November 13, 2008 5:03 PM | Report abuse

There is no humor on this blog.

On Nylander to the Blackhawks:

We'll have to take a big salary back I think for him to fit under the Hawks' cap. That's Campbell, Bullin or Havlat. Campbell makes no sense cap-wise for us so do the Caps need another goalie or another left wing?

Posted by: ChrisAm | November 13, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

When does the three years start? He's obviously playing in juniors this year, so does that mean this contract starts next year?

Posted by: katzistan | November 13, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

No, no humor

Posted by: superpaqman | November 13, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Off subject I know, but just wondering, after looking at the standings, how Brendan Witt feels about being with the Isles after leaving because he didn't want to be part of a rebuilding team. Looks like things really worked out for him, eh? :)

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | November 13, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Sorry for another off-subject post, but, has anyone tried to vote for the All-Star team on It took an awful long time to even get to the voting page. Now that I'm there (after having to register), the ballots are blank and the links don't even work. Way to go NHL. I'll bet Bettman is behind this! :)

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | November 13, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

the future beckons.....

Posted by: Leeguru | November 13, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

A friend of mine e-mailed me the Nylander rumor courtesy of hockleybuzz. Nylander would have to waive his NTC in order to make it happen. Does he want to uproot his family? Is he enjoying his time here?

Chicago is a world class city so its not exactly like trying to convince the guy to take a trade to Edmonton.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 13, 2008 5:40 PM | Report abuse

RE: Voting - it won't matter unless the NHL throws out the autoscript votes that Montreal fans are running

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 13, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: superpaqman | November 13, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Defense will be as good as the offense soon - just need a goalie!!!!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | November 13, 2008 6:02 PM | Report abuse

@ Puckdawg69 -- Yeah, I wondered about Witt earlier this season. Poor guy. Traded to Nashville, then signs up with the Isles. I'd love to see his grit on the bluelines, frankly. Maybe the Caps can trade for Witt back.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 13, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

RE Nylander, i dismissed it when my friend said he saw it on hockeybuzz. I still dismiss it but it will be interesting to see if other sources start talking about it more.

Posted by: SombreroGuy | November 13, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for that info. Coincidentally, check out the new article on

Thus, this balloting is absolutely useless.

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | November 13, 2008 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Umm lylewimbledon, have you seen Johnson's play this season? .931 sv% 2.15 gaa -- not too bad

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 13, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse


Any way you can use your contacts and check to see if the NHL is aware of the autovote scripts and whether or not they intend to do anything about it? Does anyone think they might consider letting this be the last year of fan voting?

Posted by: Puckdawg69 | November 13, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

@ Puckdawg,
Same thing here...this fan voting system is horrible!

Posted by: WCAPS1 | November 13, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Will watch the Pens and Flyers tonight. Will be surrounded by many voodoo dolls and a full pin cushion. This game really tears a guy apart. There must be some obscure rule where both teams can can only hope.

Posted by: WCAPS1 | November 13, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Great signing. He really stood out in camp and some London Knights fans are saying he's the best defenseman they've had in years. Thank you to Mike Holmgren :).

Posted by: alanb1 | November 13, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I encourage everyone to watch the Kings/Stars game tonight. It's going to be a wild one.

Posted by: _jordan | November 13, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Before we start wonderng about trading Nyls, we better make sure Feds is okay. I think it is a very good thing to have both of them here. Keeps our depth very...deep.


Posted by: CTCapsPhan | November 13, 2008 7:35 PM | Report abuse

With the signing of Carlson, were does this mean John will play this year? Hershey? Sting Rays? USHL? and your Jurcina needs to be traded because he is taking up Lepisto or Alzners spot as we speak...

Go Caps!

Posted by: Semin2828 | November 13, 2008 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I'll go back on-record, again, with my opinion that trading Nylander would be a mistake.

I hope it's just a rumor. All you have to do is take a look at how the season has gone so far. It's very easy for all of us to pencil in "lines" on a piece of paper. We've all done it -- Backstrom is the #1 center. Fedorov is #2. Nylander is too pricey to be a #3.

But the reality is that Fedorov is 38 years old; he's not going to play every night and he hasn't been. And he is often called upon to play defense, which provides Boudreau with tremendous flexibility.

If you trade Nylander, who is the #2 center on this team on nights when Fedorov is not available? Boyd Gordon? Kozlov?Aucoin? Perreault?

Nylander is highly skilled and will be a big help in the playoffs this season if the Caps are smart enough to keep him.


Posted by: TheRealOneal | November 13, 2008 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen the best shootout goals video? If not, you have to check it out:

(Be patient - there is about 1.25 minutes of drivel until the the good stuff starts.)

Some of the goals are unbelievable! Unfortunately Olie (as a Cap) is in the #1 clip; I don't think that is the highlight reel he was hoping for ... :-/

Posted by: Boo- | November 13, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Am I invited to the party or funding it?

Our friend Paul wrote city of LOOSERS, not city of LOSERS. So, now that we've got that cleared up, what's a LOOSER? Maybe he was giving us a compliment?

Posted by: Boo- | November 13, 2008 8:17 PM | Report abuse

I really, really doubt that Nyls is interested in moving. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Nylander a a father of six, and some of his kids are in school. If he really wanted to uproot in the middle of the school year, do you think he would have put that NTC in his contract? If it's in there, he put it there, and he put it there for a reason. He'd need a damn good reason to move, and I don't think he's got a good enough one to.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 13, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: austinsteve | November 13, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

OH MY GOSH!!! I literally laughed out loud ... THANK YOU for sharing that - made my day!! :-D

You need to read austinsteve's post - clearly LOOSERS are from the DUNGEEN!!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 13, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Based on your name, I am guessing that you are a female, right? If so, I am surprised by your post! I can tell you that there are A LOT of women who don't just "chat" all the way through games ...

Posted by: Boo- | November 13, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

we aim to please at austinsteve enterprises incorporated.

I would've guessed he was from Chick-cago

"Dat dere looser doscent like da bearc"

Off to musik practicing...

Posted by: austinsteve | November 13, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Am I on the trading block? If so, good luck - you probably won't even get a bag of pucks (maybe a partially used role of tape?!?). ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 13, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm so excited about Carlson I'm putting on my Miss Cleo hat:

(spoken with terrible false Jamaican accent)

I'm tinkin' he's gwong ta skip da ECHL and go straight to Candyland toward da end of dis season. I project next year he's going to play a few for the big club and I project him starting opening night 2010/11.

I'm only talking about a Nyls trade because the Boston Herald is. It was not my suggestion (although it was my deepest wish for most of the offseason, I'm far less for it now).

if the hawks want nyls, they are going to make the deal they need to make to get him *with us* and stay under cap too: *we* don't need to do anything that doesn't advantage us just to keep them under cap. If getting Nyls pushes them over, they need to shop Khabibulin in a 3-way. That's how it would probably work if this whole thing goes down. Aaron Johnson would be an outstanding young pick up, and Brent Seabrook makes good sense at his current salary. Those are the only players on that team we need. Those are the only players on that team we should take. (Of course Brian Campbell in red would be outstanding but they'd never do that and we can't afford him.)

Posted by: large23220 | November 13, 2008 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Looser.... Going to have to remember that one, it explains much about Philly.

Posted by: Steve_R | November 13, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I thought you would appreciate that! :-) austinsteve is clearly not a looser for diggin' up that gem!! ;-)

Posted by: Boo- | November 13, 2008 9:17 PM | Report abuse

I am clearly fond of the word clearly as it is clearly my word of choice this evening (clearly).

Posted by: Boo- | November 13, 2008 9:19 PM | Report abuse


These rumors are coming from somewhere and it is always Nyls to the Hawks- never another team. This leads me to believe that Nyls must have agreed to waive his NTC clause if a trade to Chicago can be worked out.

According to NHLhumbers, the Hawks have almost no cap space and we can't take Bullin with our Cap situation unless we give an additional player so it would have to be a 3 way with one of these teams: BUF NYI CLB TOR VAN ATL PHX NAS LAK.

BUF and VAN are out so which one of the remaining teams is willing to rent a goalie for year to make a Cup run? I don't see any team on that list, not even TOR.

Sombrero is the cap guru but I just don't see how it works at all.

Posted by: ChrisAm | November 13, 2008 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Same voting thing as those filthy Canadians, but with Caps players. Notice near the top and the bottom where the player IDs are. they start with 847... I simply changed the player ids in the code to Caps players, and put them in the proper place.

so far it's working for me (btw, the format when posted on here is a little weird, but it should work)

// ==UserScript==
// @name NHL All-stars Voter
// @namespace nhl
//@description This script votes for all Washington Capitals players.
// @include
// ==/UserScript==

var players = Array('8471214','8470120','8471242');
for (var i = 7; i {
var id = "player_"+str(i);
document.getElementById(id).value = players[i-7];
function GetXmlHttpObject()
var xmlHttp=null;
// Firefox, Opera 8.0+, Safari
xmlHttp=new XMLHttpRequest();
catch (e)
// Internet Explorer
xmlHttp=new ActiveXObject("Msxml2.XMLHTTP");
catch (e)
xmlHttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
return xmlHttp;

function vote2(p)

if (xmlHttp==null)
alert ("Your browser does not support AJAX!");

xmlHttp.setRequestHeader("Content-type", "application/x-www-form-urlencoded")

var post = "player_1=&player_2=&player_3=&player_4=&player_5=&player_6=&player_7=8471214&player_8=8470120&player_9=&player_10=&player_11=8471242&player_12=";
var build = document.getElementsByName('form_build_id')[0].value;
var token = document.getElementsByName('form_token')[0].value;
var form = document.getElementsByName('form_id')[0].value;
var x = Math.round(Math.random()*270);
var y = Math.round(Math.random()*34);

var rest = "&vote_button.x="+x+"&vote_button.y="+y;
rest += "&form_build_id="+build;
rest += "&form_token="+token;
rest += "&form_id="+form;

post += rest;


Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 13, 2008 9:38 PM | Report abuse

We should trade Nyles for James Wisniewski and a draft pick. He'll be healthy in a few months and he's a solid performer at both ends as a defenseman. Trading Nylander also frees up a roster spot and salary space if we want to make a move at the deadline. As long he's amenable to waiving his NTC

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 13, 2008 5:03 PM

I laughed my butt off reading this. Trade for players that aren't even healthy? Sure, sign me up. Why not. Hell, lets start drafting them too.
; )

Posted by: oo7 | November 13, 2008 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Also, go to the following URL and follow the directions (Same as the image posted above).

When greasemonkey is installed and you go to the canadian nhl voting URL, you will see a little monkey face icon in the lower right hand corner of firefox.

right-click on it and select "manage user scripts". a window will pop up, and in the left-hand pane you will see the "NHL All-Stars voter" script. select that and down below click "Edit".

you may have to choose a text editor, so navigate to C:\Windows\Notepad.exe to use Notepad. when the text editor opens up, come back here to copy the script I posted. delete all the old text and paste this script into that text file (titled "nhl_all-stars_voter.user"), and then save it and close it.

then go to the canadian voting page and log in and make sure the greasemonkey script is enabled by right-clicking the monkey and making sure "Enabled" is checked.

whew, ok then! Go Caps!!

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 13, 2008 9:48 PM | Report abuse

yeah, I watched Pens/Flyers tonight. Leave it to the Flyers to lose the only game I want them to win.

Did you know that going into the game the Pens had the exact same record as the Caps and the EXACT same GF and GA? Something about that bugs me...

Posted by: CAP-lanta | November 13, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

I seem to remember you were our first line center not so long ago. Have you gone from franchise blog poster to blog poster trade fodder? Where did it all go wrong?

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 14, 2008 4:07 AM | Report abuse

Yup ... just like so many others before me; it's so sad when that happens. BTW, don't you have something to do? (HA! What goes around, comes around ... ;-))

Posted by: Boo- | November 14, 2008 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Working on it Boo, working on it. trouble is work keeps getting in the way.

Posted by: DaveUKCapsFan | November 14, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse

CAP-lanta: Yeah, I noticed that too. And I was also rooting for the Flyers (for once). Gotta admit, Gagne had them by the short and curlies in the second - nice pair of SHG.

Biron is trash this year, wow.

ANYWAY. I look at it as an opportunity. That was 5-4 in a shootout - not exactly a decisive win. We're facing the Devils in a home-and-home tomorrow night. As long as our boys play for the whole 60 minutes every time tonight and tomorrow night, we should be able to pull ahead of them in GF/GA ratio and maybe in points as well.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 7:43 AM | Report abuse

1st draft proposal for blog comment penalties as drafted by JSchon.

$4.00 - for using fake real name in the 3rd person.

$48.00 - for typing "first"

$84.00 - for typing "first" and actually being second.

$2.50 - for having nothing to say other than "Go Caps" or anything like it.

$1.00 - For feeding trolls. Continuing the feeding of trolls once asked "why are you feeding trolls", automatically quadruples the fine retroactive to the first dollar.

$7.00 - for reading any comment by smartfan and agreeing with him without commenting.

$70.00 - for reading any comment by smartfan and agreeing with him supported by a comment. Commenting probation will also be taken under consideration.

$0.52 - for any criticism of Mike Green as he leads in the Norris Trophy race according to ESPN.

$2.75 - four beeing a speling nazee

$1.00 - for being wrong.

$13.00 - for posting any stupid trades using Eklund as your primary source.

more to come....

Posted by: JSchon | November 14, 2008 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Another exciting Pens game last night - I suppose it is a good week to be a Pens fan (not that I would know). I hate it when they play the Flyers - it forces me to cheer for the Pens and no real Caps fan EVER wants to do that!!!

Darn work. (tick tock tick tock)

Does looser and dungeen qualify as speling nazee? (I was just gonna write GO CAPS but I figure, if there are back charges, I can't afford to add to my tab.)

Posted by: Boo- | November 14, 2008 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Boo! is exempt from blog commenting fines as mandated by JSchon...

Dammit, im up to $8.00 already today...

Posted by: JSchon | November 14, 2008 8:07 AM | Report abuse

People, when was the last time these rumor sites were right about the Caps? Besides, with Fedorov injured, it just goes to show you how we still need Nylander.

Posted by: koalatek | November 14, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Sweet - thanks! ;-) BTW, we may have to rethink that fake name / 3rd person rule ... :-/

Posted by: Boo- | November 14, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

Damn, JSchon, are you trying to take us all to Four Seasons or something? XD That said, I think I'd better stop commenting. This is going to end up being worse than Obama's tax hikes.

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Contact the NHL at this URL:

to protest the bots!

Posted by: irockthered | November 14, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Actually, Boo- I cheered for the Flyers last night. Why? Because we were tied with the Pens in W/L/OTL and in GF/GA. If they lost, we'd move above them in the league standings. Do you have any idea how much that would rock my world?

Posted by: kittypawz | November 14, 2008 8:23 AM | Report abuse


Its way to early to look at the standings, especially outside the division. I didnt watch the game, and my rooting interest would be for a game marred by high ankle sprains.

Posted by: JSchon | November 14, 2008 8:25 AM | Report abuse

So what's the fine for writing "to" in place of "too"? Go Caps!

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 14, 2008 8:30 AM | Report abuse

$1.00 for being wrong for me...

$2.75 for you JIM for being a speling nazee...

We are all going to St Tropez at this rate.

Posted by: JSchon | November 14, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey what about my fine for "Go Caps!"? I plan to travel first class to France -- so add on a "first"

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 14, 2008 8:34 AM | Report abuse

No fine for "Go Caps" as it was accompanied by another comment.

Posted by: JSchon | November 14, 2008 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Getting back to hockey -- how bout them Bruins spanking the Habs 6-1? @ 23 points with three games in hand behind the Rangers @ 26. The Bruins are red hot right now. I'd love to see how the Caps would match up against them, but they don't play for a month.

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS | November 14, 2008 8:39 AM | Report abuse


The stiff you're playing is MNMNT.

Posted by: JSchon | November 14, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse


Tim Thomas is a big reason for Boston's success. He's been great in net for them. Yet the geniuses at the NHL decided not to put him on the All-Star have to write him in!

Posted by: kenjabi | November 14, 2008 8:57 AM | Report abuse

Has anybody heard more about this craziness?

Rumors abound that the Blackhawks are closing in on a deal with the Capitals to acquire ex-Bruin forward Michael Nylander, 36, who also played here for a couple of seasons. With so many young players in the Blackhawks lineup, Nylander's veteran presence would help. Nylander missed half of last season because of injury, but has been healthy from the start this season, collecting two goals and 9 points.

Boston Globe

Posted by: blanknerc | November 14, 2008 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Well, I don't think the Caps are going to trade Nylander or any other veteran forward until Fedorov returns to the lineup. Kozlov is another name that has been bandied about.

With the restrictions of the salary cap Washington is hamstrung in being able to bring up Alzner or Lepisto on D where they are needed because of their cap numbers.

The only way to break the logjam is to reduce the current payroll.

With Fedorov rejuvenated and averaging a point per game, Nylander may be a luxury on this team for 2008.

Nylander has another year left on his deal beyond 2008 (it was three years?) and the Caps will need to be able to resign younger vets and bring up others that are rapidly developing from the farm system.

In a way the Caps are a victim of their own success. Few teams have drafted as well as Washington the past 3-4 years and Hershey has 3 or 4 players that are ready to play in the NHL.

Posted by: leopard09 | November 14, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse


The last time those rumor sites were right about the Caps was when they all said we were going to get Fedorov at the deadline last year. Not saying we should put stock in this Nylander rumor, just saying that it wouldn't completely blindside me if it happened.

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Sorry but I could NEVER cheer for the Flyers. It's still early - we've got plenty of time to improve our standings/stats.

Posted by: Boo- | November 14, 2008 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Wasn't this the same rumor that was circulating in the pre-season. I seem to recall something like this. Maybe someone just pulled up the same story and recycled it as news.

I like our depth at center and think that Nyls is a key part of the teams growth for the next couple years. He will continue to be a great mentor to our young centers.

Posted by: _Mark | November 14, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Jordan, I don't remember the Fedorov to Caps rumors, but was it more of a "I've got inside info" rumor or a "the Caps need a vet forward, who's available" type of rumor? These Nylander rumors sound like the latter, especially since their main inspiration still seems to be Sombrero Guy poking around the real estate listings.

Posted by: koalatek | November 14, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, there were definitely Feds to Caps rumors specifically. We all thought they were bonkers until it actually happened. I sure hope we don't trade Nylander. I also sure hope Nylander starts playing better.

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Nylander has a no-trade. Why would he wave a no-trade?

Posted by: SA-Town | November 14, 2008 9:24 AM | Report abuse

The only thing to cheer for in a Flyers/Penguins matchup is that the game is hard on both teams and thet the winner is still unhappy about the result. The Penguins giving up two shorties on the way to a SO win works. They have plenty to be unhappy about and the Flyers lose anyway. About as good as it can get.

Posted by: _Mark | November 14, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

If only it wasn't a darn three point game.

Posted by: _Mark | November 14, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Looks like we get Clemmensen tonight. Should be fun if the Devils continue to play like utter crap.

Posted by: _jordan | November 14, 2008 9:34 AM | Report abuse

the one thing i was cheering for in the flyers/pens game last night was that a team won outright so the other didn't get a point, stupid crosby

Posted by: _stevo | November 14, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

The only thing to cheer for in a Flyers/Penguins matchup is for the ice to open up and Satan comes in to bring both teams back home as payment for being decades-long agents of the Dark Lord of the Underworld.

Posted by: _Mark | November 14, 2008 9:27 AM

Posted by: Section117 | November 14, 2008 10:02 AM | Report abuse

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