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Here’s the best possible news. Forward Marcus Johansson has signed a three-year, $13.75 million contract with the Washington Capitals. The deal avoids what would have been a tense arbitration meeting scheduled for this
The AAV of the deal is $4.58 million, a good price for a good player and a fair compromise between the parties.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed forward Marcus Johansson to a three-year, $13.75 million contract, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Johansson will earn $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4.75 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19.
Johansson, 25, registered 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 74 games with the Capitals last season. The 6’1”, 209-pound forward set career highs in plus/minus (+12) and game-winning goals (7) in 2015-16 and tied his career high in power-play goals (6). He ranked tied for 11th in the NHL and second on the team in game-winning goals. In addition, Johansson ranked third among Capitals skaters in power-play goals, fifth in assists and sixth in points. He earned his second career three-assist game on April 5 against the NY Islanders and recorded his sixth career multi-goal game on April 7 against Pittsburgh, becoming the first Capitals player to post a three-assist game and a multi-goal game consecutively since Nicklas Backstrom in 2009-10. Johansson has earned 232 points (78 goals, 154 assists) in 419 career NHL games with the Capitals. He was drafted by Washington in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft and ranks fifth among players drafted in 2009 in points (232) and assists (154).
The Landskrona, Sweden, native has represented Sweden in the Olympics once (2014) and the World Junior Championship twice (2009, 2010), winning a medal at each tournament. Johansson won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, won a bronze medal and served as captain for Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championship and captured a silver medal with Sweden at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
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