Caps sign Carlson to six-year extension

Less than 24 hours before NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement expires, the Washington Capitals signed restricted free-agent John Carlson to a six-year, $23.8 million contract extension.

The 22-year-old will earn $3.8 million in 2012-13 and $4 million per year from the 2013-14 season through 2017-18.

"John is a talented young defenseman who has played very well for the Capitals and still has room to grow," general manager George McPhee said in a statement. "He wanted to make a long term commitment to the team and we are delighted that this young man who is an important part of our future will be a member of the club for many years to come."

Carlson collected 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 82 games last season. He was originally taken by Washington in the first round (27th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.