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Karl Alzner | Defenseman | #22

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/24/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 217
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (5) / WAS
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Karl Alzner will be paired with Jeff Petry in Thursday's opener against Buffalo.
"I want to give him some freedom if possible because everyone knows he can skate like the wind ... it's pretty crazy," Alzner said. "So I want to be able to let him use that as much as possible and know that he can take a chance when he needs to take a chance or stay up a little bit longer if he wants to because I'll be back there for him." He will play his first contest with the Canadiens after he signed a five-year, $23.125-million contract in the summer. Oct 5 - 8:41 AM

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenseman Karl Alzner to a five-year, $23.1 million deal.

Alzner was one of the top rearguards available in free agency and the Habs needed to bolster their blueline as it appears that Andrei Markov won’t be returning to Montreal and Alexei Emelin was lost in the expansion draft. Alzner is a steady top-four defenseman and a solid signing, but he doesn’t offer much from a fantasy perspective as his 13 points in 82 games with the Capitals in 2016-17 will attest.
Jul 1 - 12:16 PM

The Montreal Canadiens will reportedly sign Karl Alzner to a five-year deal once free agency opens at noon ET.

According to TSN's Aaron Ward, the deal will be worth $4.5 million per season. Alzner is a solid defensive defenseman, but he's never scored more than 21 points in a season, so the $4.5 million price tag is a little rich. On a positive note, he's one of the more durable players in league, as he hasn't missed a regular season game over the last seven years. It'll be interesting to see what the Alzner signing means for potential unrestricted free agent Andrei Markov.
Jul 1 - 10:02 AM

Karl Alzner will test free agency on July 1, but he did speak with the Golden Knights.

If Vegas signed him during their 72-hour window then the Capitals would not be in danger of losing defenseman Nate Schmidt or backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer in the expansion draft.
Jun 21 - 2:16 PM

It sounds like the Capitals don't expect to sign pending unrestricted free agent Karl Alzner.

GM Brian MacLellan listed Matt Niskanen, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt as Washington's probable top-four defense corps going into next year. Alzner can test the open market on July 1 after playing all 591 games of his career with the Capitals.
May 30 - 5:28 PM

Karl Alzner sustained a broken bone in his hand while blocking a shot in the first round.

The incident presumably happened on April 15. He returned for Game 3 of the second round on May 3 and played for the rest of the series. He won't need surgery and should be fine for 2017-18.
May 12 - 3:59 PM

Karl Alzner will return to the lineup on Monday night.

He will play in Game 3 against Pittsburgh and the Capitals will dress seven defenders. That will make Paul Carey a healthy scratch.
May 1 - 7:27 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) might be OK to play in Game 3 after all, as he is listed as a game-time decision.

He said he will take part in the pregame warmup Monday night. If he gets the nod to play then Washington could dress seven defensemen, which may make Paul Carey a healthy scratch.
May 1 - 12:30 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) isn't expected to play in Game 3 versus Pittsburgh.

He was an extra again alongside Taylor Chorney at Monday's morning skate. Alzner hasn't played since Apr. 15 because of an upper-body injury.
May 1 - 12:02 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) won't be able to return for Game 2 on Saturday.

Alzner was considered questionable for the contest. He hasn't been able to play since Game 2 on April 15 of Washington's first round series.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 29 - 8:04 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) participated in Friday's optional skate.

Alzner has missed five straight games due to the injury. He's still regarded as day-to-day and questionable for Game 2 on Saturday.
Apr 28 - 3:26 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) won't be available for Game 1 on Thursday.

Alzner continues to make progress, but he's still day-to-day. The Capitals will not make any lineup changes compared to Game 6 of their first round series against Toronto.
Apr 27 - 12:14 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) is questionable for Game 1 of the second round against Pittsburgh.

He went through a full practice Tuesday, but he skated on the team's extra pairing with Taylor Chorney. "He's progressing," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's day to day, and when the trainers say go then he'll go." The Capitals may use seven defenders when Alzner is healthy because Nate Schmidt has played well during his absence.
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

Karl Alzner will not play in Game 6 Sunday.

Alzner was a participant in the morning skate but the decision has been made to sit him out with an upper body injury. It is the fourth straight game he has missed and the Capitals will go with six defensemen and 12 forwards against the Maple Leafs.
Apr 23 - 11:44 AM

When Karl Alzner (upper body) is ready to return to the lineup, the Capitals could go with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

The Capitals love the speed of Nate Schmidt on the blueline and do not want to take him out of the lineup so Brett Connolly is a likely scratch if Alzner returns for the Toronto series. Connolly played only a combined 10:38 in the Capitals last two games so it is not like they will miss him.
Apr 23 - 11:39 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Drouin
2Phillip Danault
3Tomas Plekanec
4Torrey Mitchell
5Jacob De La Rose
LW1Max Pacioretty
2Alex Galchenyuk
3Paul Byron
4Charles Hudon
5Nicolas Deslauriers
RW1Brendan Gallagher
2Andrew Shaw
3Artturi Lehkonen
4Ales Hemsky
5Byron Froese
6Nikita Scherbak
D1Shea Weber
2Jeff Petry
3Victor Mete
4Karl Alzner
5Jordie Benn
6Brandon Davidson
7Joe Morrow
8David Schlemko
G1Carey Price
2Al Montoya
3Charlie Lindgren
4Antti Niemi