You guys, the Swedes On Bikes era is officially over in Washington.
The Capitals just traded away forward Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for a second and third round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Johansson is coming off his best season as a pro. During the 2016-17 campaign, Johansson scored 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 82 games and tallied the series-ending goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first-round of the playoffs.
The trade frees the Capitals of Johansson’s $4.6 million cap hit and leaves the team with $9.2 million to add nine more players to the roster.
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 3, 2017
The Capitals are in salary cap hell and this move helps partially solve it, but they are getting pennies on the dollar for one of their most unheralded players on the roster. Bummer.
More from the Capitals:
The Washington Capitals have acquired a second round (previously owned by Florida) and third round (previously owned by Toronto) picks from the New Jersey Devils in the 2018 NHL Draft in exchange for forward Marcus Johansson, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today.
Johansson, 26, registered 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season. The 6’1”, 209-pound forward has earned 290 points (102 goals, 188 assists) in 501 career NHL games with the Capitals. He was drafted by Washington in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft.
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