Thread: Confirmed Signing with Link: [WAS] Capitals re-sign Karl Alzner (4 years, $2.8M per)
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07-11-2013, 10:41 AM
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i am glad that non caps fans think this is such a steal. karl alzner is a one dimensional player of pure basic defense. while he can skate and has puck skills, he is forthright in his desire to steer clear of doing that. he doesn't hit. he chooses not to pass the puck beyond the safe play.

by any definition he is not a playmaker of any kind. he doesn't play offense in anyway. he only plays safe and basic defense. he is as textbook as there is at defending the puck, but that is what he brings.

plain facts are that salary level has a lot to do with playmaking. the offensive players make the most and the hitters make the next most. the solid two way player makes more. if chara were a defensive only player, he might be as good as rod langway was but he would likely make 50% of what he does now.

the caps are lucky to have alzner. he was worth the top 5 pick. but he will never be a player making big defenseman money

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