Grading the Canadiens signing Karl Alzner to a 5-year deal

The Montreal Canadiens bolstered their defense in free agency as they signed former Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner to a 5-year/$23.125 million deal. Alzner won’t provide much offensively as his career high for points in a season is 21. However, Alzner is a good defensive player and he always has an outstanding plus/minus every season including last year when he had a career high plus 23. Alzner will likely be on the top defensive pairing along with elite defenseman Shea Weber. Alzner will be a good complement to Weber since Weber is a great offensive performer and Alzner is known as a defensive specialist. The Canadiens now have much more quality depth on defense with the addition of Alzner and it makes this team a playoff competitor for several years. If Alzner can contribute more offensively then this would be a great signing, but this at least will improve Montreal defensively and it is still a solid signing for the Canadiens.

Grade: B

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