Washington Capitals\' Mathieu Perreault , right, celebrates with teammate Karl Alzner (27) after scoring his second goal of the game against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Washington. Alzner has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, agreeing to a US$2.57 million, two-year contract Friday. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
ARLINGTON, Va. - Defenceman Karl Alzner is returning to the Washington Capitals, agreeing to a US$2.57-million, two-year contract Friday.
Alzner, 22, will make $1.3 million next season and $1.27 in 2012-13—salaries he figures are lower than perhaps he might have deserved.
"For me, personally, I think that there was a little left on the table," Alzner said during a conference call.
He played in all 82 games in 2010-11, his first full season in the NHL, with two goals, 10 assists and 24 penalty minutes.
"I knew there was probably a 98 per cent chance I'd be back," said Alzner, taken by Washington fifth overall in the 2007 NHL entry draft.
Still, he added, "It's a big relief. I'm happy that it's done."
Also on Friday, the Capitals re-signed right-winger Francois Bouchard to a one-year contract.
Bouchard had 12 goals and 12 assists in 74 games with the AHL's Hershey Bears last season. He was a second-round draft pick in 2006.