John Carlson's wife profoundly grateful to be staying 'home'

Chris Lingebach
June 25, 2018 - 4:19 pm
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It's all happened so quickly.

Within a span of 17 days, the Washington Capitals have won the Stanley Cup (June 7), paraded it down Constitution Ave. (June 12), accepted their head coach's resignation (June 18) and seen him take over a new team (June 21).

On Friday, they traded away Brooks Orpik and Philipp Grubauer, netting a second-round draft pick (Kody Clark) and clearing enough salary cap space to re-sign cornerstone defenseman John Carlson on Sunday.

Gina Carlson took to Instagram to express her own whirlwind over the last year, as her free agency-bound husband (and family) faced an uncertain future, and her profound gratitude that it's finally come to a peaceful resolution.

"For the last year, I convinced myself home would be wherever I was with my boys," she wrote. "In truth, home started 7 years ago, a scorching hot summer night when I met John here in D.C."

For the last year, I convinced myself home would be wherever I was with my boys. In truth, home started 7 years ago, a scorching hot summer night when I met John here in dc. This city, and this team brought us together. Home is where, thankfully, he decided to live in the offseason. Home is where I spent 9 months after we met, flipping through channels before I went to bed, stopping at the CAPS game to check in on this cute guy named John Carlson who I met over the summer. Home is where we danced all night at wmzq fest 6 years ago & fell in love. Home is where we got married almost 4 years ago and 9 months later brought our sweet Lucca into this world. Home is where our sweet Rudy was born right in the middle of the playoffs, the playoffs that ended with a Stanley cup(: Home is where my husband was away in playoffs, & I got the scariest phone call of my life & my mom was at my door two minutes later to be here for me when John couldn’t be. Home is where (a few months ago) we secretly hoped we’d be staying in dc & bought land to build the southern home & big front porch we’ve always dreamed of having together. I am thankful for this organization drafting him 10 years ago & believing in him. My family is everything to me & to say I’m ecstatic to be here for another 8 years, is an understatement. I’m incredibly grateful for this ride we’ve been on with the capitals and completely filled with JOY to stay on it. my heart is so full to be able to stay close to my family & friends here in dc, & my husbands family close by in NJ! I am so happy & can speak for my husband that he couldn’t be happier to stay with his teammates & this organization❤️

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While fans wondered whether the Caps could find the money to re-sign Carlson, his wife revealed on Instagram that, in secret, they purchased land in the D.C. area a few months back in hopes of building "the southern home & big front porch we’ve always dreamed of having together."

Now they can. The whirlwind is over. And the ride continues.

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