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Who are the top 10 Capitals players of all time?

Who are the top 10 Capitals players of all time?

As part of All-Star weekend, the NHL will unveil its list of the 100 Greatest NHL Players Friday at 9:30 p.m. That got me thinking, who are the best Capitals players of all time?

The Washington Capitals franchise is currently playing in its 43rd NHL season. During that time a lot of greats have come through Washington. Picking out just 10 is no easy task.

SEE THE TOP 10 PLAYERS IN CAPITALS HISTORY HERE

Before going over who did make the list, here are a few players who just barely missed the cut.

Adam Oates: Putting his horrific tenure as head coach aside, Oates was a phenomenal player who was a key part of the team's run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998.

Braden Holtby: When his career is finished, Holtby will be the best goalie in franchise history, but he's not quite in the Caps' top 10 just yet.

Michal Pivonka: Michal Pivonka spent the entirety of his 13-year NHL career as a Capital and was the franchise leader in assists until getting passed by Nicklas Backstrom in 2015.

Dave Christian: Christian was a great player with the Caps, but the greatest achievement of his career actually came in the Olympics as he was a part of the 1980 Miracle on Ice USA team.

Other honorable mentions: Guy Charron, Al Iafrate, Sergei Gonchar, Mike Ridley, Bengt Gustafsson, Calle Johansson, Yvon Labre, Dino Ciccarelli, Kelly Miller, Bobby Carpenter, John Druce, Jaromir Jagr, Mike Green

Those are the players who didn't make it. Who did?

Check out who the top 10 Capitals players of all time are here.

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

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GM Brian MacLellan: Capitals are close to re-signing John Carlson

DALLAS—The Caps are “really close” to signing star defenseman John Carlson to a long-term extension, GM Brian MacLellan said Friday night.

“We’re getting closer,” MacLellan said following the first round of the NHL Draft. “Hopefully we can get it done here over the next few days. We’re really close.”

Earlier in the day, the Caps cleared significant space under the salary cap ceiling by trading Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round draft pick (47th overall). 

That space will now be used to lock up Carlson, who could become the best defenseman on the open market if he were to reach it.

MacLellan met with Carlson’s agent, Rick Curran, here on Thursday night.

MacLellan did not divulge any figures, but it’s expected that Carlson’s new contract could come in at eight years and $8 million per—or perhaps a bit more. 

He earned $4 million last season.

Carlson had a career year in 2017-18 and was critical during the Caps' run to the Stanley Cup. He led all defensemen in the regular season with 68 points (15 goals, 53 assists). The 28-year-old also skated a career-high 24:47 per game.

MacLellan has long said that re-signing Carlson was the Caps’ top priority this offseason. And now it looks like that could happen within days, assuming the talks do not hit any snags.

“We’re going to do our best to sign John,” MacLellan said. “We’ve said it all along. We waited until the end of the year. We’ve had discussions. We’re close and hopefully we can close the deal here over the next 24 hours.”

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

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Capitals go to the WHL again, select defenseman Alex Alexeyev with first-round pick

The last time the Washington Capitals had a first-round draft pick, they selected a WHL defenseman. They did not go off script on Friday.

With the last pick of the first round, selecting for the first time as defending Stanley Cup champions, the Capitals selected Alexander Alexeyev, a left-shooting, two-way defenseman from St. Petersburg.

Alexeyev, 18, certainly boasts NHL size at 6' 4", 196 pounds. He currently plays for Red Deer in the WHL, a junior league that has become a major pipeline for the Capitals. In his second season with Red Deer, he tallied 37 points in 45 games.

The NHL Central Scouting's rankings list Alexeyev as the 22nd best North American skater of the draft. TSN projects him to be a top-four, two-way defenseman.

Analyst Craig Button described Alexeyev as a "Smart, effective defenceman who moves the puck, plays with a calm and doesn't make things complicated for himself."

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