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Canadiens agree to terms on a five-year contract with Karl Alzner

The 28-year-old defenseman brings along 591 games of NHL experience with the Washington Capitals

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl /

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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