Representatives for Marcus Johansson and the Caps will meet with an arbitrator on Wednesday to recommend a salary for the player’s next contract. According to Elliotte Friedman, the parties are far apart.
Club arb offer: $3.85M. Player ask: $5.25M
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 18, 2016
Asks and offers set the upper and lower limits for the negotiation. Neither will be the player’s final salary, but they will inform the conversation. That said, $1.4 million will be a wide gap to bridge in arbitration.
According to Marcus Johansson’s agent, JP Berry, the player and the team have been talking throughout the summer.
“[Brian MacLellan] and I have tried quite a few times to see if we can talk about something longer term,” the agent said to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan. “We really haven’t been successful on any attempts of sort of a longer-term negotiation. It could be just be the cap and different views of what’s going. So then obviously, we have to turn around and deal with our arbitration case.”
Last season, Johansson asked for $4.75 million in his arbitration filing. The team countered at $3 million, and Johansson was awarded $3.75 million.
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