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On Wednesday, July 29th, the Capitals and Marcus Johansson have an arbitration hearing to decide the forward’s salary for next season. Via Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the numbers are now out for what each side will be asking for.
Johansson is asking for $4.75 million while the Caps offered $3 million.
In addition to Stepan signing today, Marcus Johansson asks for $4.75M in arb filing. WASH offers $3M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 27, 2015
Last season, the 24-year-old Swede scored a career high 20 goals and 47 points and was a catalyst in carrying the puck into the zone on the Caps number one ranked power play. In 2014-15, Johansson firmly established himself as a top-6 capable forward. From our season review:
385 forwards played 410 or more minutes in the 2014-15 season. The science isn’t exact, but a player finishing in or above the top 50 percentile in major categories, (192nd or better), could roughly be considered a top six forward. Here’s where Johansson’s season ranked in some major categories.
- Points: 47 (77th percentile)
- Goals: 20 (78th percentile)
- Assists: 27 (79th percentile)
- Points/60: 2.12 (71st percentile)
- Shot Attempt Percentage: 53.2 (74th percentile)
You get the point. Johansson’s production and possession is at a top-six level, and it’s not even really close.
Via Malin Andersson of Hockey Ramblings, Mojo did not seem concerned about his contract situation when asked by Swedish reporters last week.
“I’m not worried about that, I think I will continue to play there,” Johansson said to Värmlands Folkblad and translated by Andersson. My focus right now is on training hard and getting myself prepared, for I know I will be playing. We will just have to wait for everything to be dealt with and finalized. It’s all part of the normal process and I have people over there that are doing the things they are supposed to be doing.”
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