The Montreal Canadiens have signed former Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner to a 5-year deal to open up the NHL free agency period.

Karl Alzner and the Montreal Canadiens have agreed on a five-year deal, worth $4.625 million per season.

The 28-year-old had a down year in 2016-17 with only three goals and 10 assists in 82 games, but was 13th among NHL defencemen with a plus-23 rating.

The iron man hasn’t missed a regular-season game since the 2009-2010 season—he did, however, miss six playoff contests this year due to injury—and is coming off a four-year contract that had a cap hit of $2.8 million.

Alzner has spent his entire nine-year career with the Washington Capitals, originally being drafted by the team in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.


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