Canadiens sign Karl Alzner to five-year contract, reportedly worth $23.125M.

Karl Alzner (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Montreal Canadiens Media Release

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Saturday that the team has agreed to terms on a five-year contract (2017-18 to 2021-22) with free agent defenseman Karl Alzner.

Alzner, 28, played all 82 games forof the Washington Capitals in 2016-17, appearing in all his team’s games for the fourth consecutive season. The 6’03” and 219 lbs defenseman registered 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) and 28 penalty minutes. Alzner led his team with 162 blocked shots and ranked fifth with Washington in differential (+23), while averaging 19:47 of ice time per game.

Alzner has played 591 regular season NHL games with the Capitals, contributing 117 points (19 goals, 98 assists). He scored two game-winning goals, with a +61 differential and 177 penalty minutes. Alzner has added 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists) in 64 playoff contests.

A product of the WHL’s Calgary Hitmen, Alzner collected 117 points (19 goals, 98 assists) in 260 games in the junior ranks. On the international stage, Alzner suited up for Canada at the 2007 and 2008 World Junior Championships, earning gold on both occasions.

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Alzner was selected in the first round, fifth overall by Washington at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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  • Philip Turnbull

    just another defensive dman..we need PMD and someone with some offensive abilities.. we do not get it..it is like Bergevin is trying to build a wall for Price..a waste of resources without Markov he will have to play 1D minutes but is not capable of it..other players with similar stats to him, hit the wall at 29..which gives him 1 year..this is a step backward not forward..we still need a 1D and a 1C..MB missed the boat again