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July 26, 2013 | 10:39am ET
Alzner thought he got traded
TheFourthPeriod.com

When Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner hit the links on Monday morning for a round of golf, he was taken aback by a voice message left by another team's general manager.

After his round was over, Alzner returned to his car and noticed he had a missed call on his phone.

As he explained to CSNWashington.com, Alzner listened to the message left by St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong.

"I thought I got traded," Alzner told Comcast SportsNet. "I didn't really know what was going on at first. I was kind of wondering, 'Why is he calling me?'

"I was thinking, 'Can we be making trades right now? How can we just re-sign [a four-year extension with the Capitals] and then get traded? There was a whirlwind of thoughts going through my head, all in a matter of seconds. It was pretty funny."

Armstrong, of course, is part of Team Canada's management team for the Sochi Olympics, and was calling to notify the 24-year-old that he had been invited to the Canadian Olympic orientation camp next month.

"For me, this is big time," said Alzner. "It was a really, really cool feeling and I'm extremely happy.

"I have my work cut out for me if I want to be one of the better shut-down guys on that (team), but I'm definitely willing to try."

Alzner is one of 17 NHL defenseman invited to Canada's camp, which takes place from Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.


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