It’s Aug. 28 and John Carlson doesn’t have a new contract with the Washington Capitals. But the defenseman, who’s a restricted free agent, did not express any concern when asked Tuesday about his situation.
Carlson said he wasn’t worried about getting a new contract, saying, “That’s not my job.”
“I love Washington, I love being here, I stay here for a lot of the summer. I like my teammates, I like the rink, I like the fans,” he said. “I can’t imagine playing anywhere else.”
The NHL’s current collective bargaining agreement expires Sept. 15. If the Caps don’t sign him by then and the league locks out the players, the uncertainty could be extended a while longer.
The 22-year-old said he’s skating and working out in preparation for the season, but of course he has thought about what could happen if there’s a lockout.
“Obviously it’s in the back of everyone’s mind, whether you’re a player, coach, owner, GM, fan, media, everybody,” Carlson said. “We put our trust into what we have and we feel strongly about it.”