While it remains uncertain when John Carlson will have a new contract, the defenseman made it clear Tuesday that he’s not worried about getting a deal in place.
“That’s not my job,” Carlson, a restricted free agent, said after an on-ice workout with a few teammates at KCI.
Although there is no official deadline for the Capitals to sign Carlson, 22, the timeline of the NHL’s labor negotiations can play a part. The league’s current collective bargaining agreement expires on Sept. 15. If Carlson is not signed before that date, the two sides will have to wait until a new CBA is in place before working out a contract.
At this point, though, Carlson didn’t express any concern that things wouldn’t be ironed out eventually.
“I love Washington, I love being here. I stayed here for a lot of the summer,” Carlson said. “I like my teammates, I like the rink, I like the fans. I can’t imagine playing anywhere else.”
Meanwhile in New York, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and his top assistant, Steve Fehr, are consulting with players after meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Bill Daly for less than an hour Tuesday morning.
According to multiple reports, Fehr declined to comment when asked if the league presented a proposal in the initial session and the two sides may reconvene for talks later in the day.