By Tim Polzer
September 14, 2012

Craig Custance of ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com reports via Twitter that the Washington Capitals have extended defenseman John Carlson to a six-year deal worth $23.8 million.

https://twitter.com/CraigCustance/status/246628930528878592

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Carlson, 22, scored nine goals and 32 points in 82 games with a minus-15 rating last season.

Two weeks ago, Carlson told The Washington Post he was not concerned that the Capitals might not get a deal done before the possible lockout or new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“I love Washington, I love being here. I stayed here for a lot of the summer,” Carlson said. “I like my teammates, I like the rink, I like the fans. I can’t imagine playing anywhere else.”

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