Carlson signs new 6-year deal with Capitals.

The Washington Capitals announced the re-signing of defenseman John Carlson to a six-year, $23.8 million contract. Carlson, a restricted free agent, will earn an average salary of just over $3.966 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deal reportedly pays him $3.8 million in 2012-13, and $4 million each season afterward. Carlson, 22, is coming off an entry level contract paying him just over $845K per season, and has become an invaluable part of the Capitals defense corps, so he’s been well-rewarded for his development, as the Capitals project further improvement over the next six seasons. That should make this deal quite a bargain in the final three years of the deal.