Karl Alzner Is Gone. Long Live Karl Alzner

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Posted July 1, 2017

Alzner ‘hanging’ out at Six Flags. (Caps Outsider)

Caps defenseman Karl Alzner played nine seasons in Washington. He’s now a Montreal Canadien, having signed a 5-year, $23.2 million contract, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Yes, from a business perspective, it was time to move on. But from a fan’s perspective, and even a writer’s perspective, this is sad. Alzner served as the go-to guy in the locker room for quotes, especially when no one else was in the mood to talk.

On the ice, he was the Caps’ iron man, not missing a regular season game in years and playing 540 straight. He didn’t miss any until the playoffs, which technically don’t count against the streak.

Last week, Alzner, already knowing he was on the way out, made it a point to meet fans in Fairfax, including Charlie, the T-Shirt guy.

Compiled here are some of our favorite stories and photos of Alzner over the years.

(Caps Outsider)

After taking this photo, Alzner wondered if he should’ve read what it said.

Alzner broke the Capitals record by playing in 423 games in a row (and then some), not even missing a game until the playoffs (which isn’t even part of the streak).

Karl Alzner doodles on a photo of him with John Carlson. (Caps Outsider)

Alzner with his dogs for the Caps Canine Calendar.

Alzner sees the light.