Earlier Monday, it was reported that the Capitals were among the teams showing interest in winger Marcus Johansson. They have indeed landed the veteran in a trade with Seattle, reports TSN’s Chris Johnston. Details of the return have not yet been disclosed.
The 31-year-old is no stranger to Washington, having spent the first seven years of his career there after he was their first-round pick (24th overall) in 2009. However, while he was a key secondary scorer during his stint with the Caps, Johansson has certainly bounced around since then and hasn’t been able to produce with any level of consistency.
After playing with five teams over the past three seasons, Johansson inked a one-year, $1.5M deal with the Kraken back in August with the hopes that he’d be a secondary producer for the team. That hasn’t happened, however, as he has just six goals in 51 games. He has chipped in with 17 assists which put him in a tie for seventh in team scoring. He has averaged 16:35 per game this season and it’s quite unlikely he’ll play anywhere close to that in his second stint with the Capitals, as he’ll be bottom-six forward depth for them.
Per CapFriendly, Washington has just over $63K in cap space so there will need to be some roster moves made to fit Johansson’s salary in, assuming there isn’t any retention from Seattle. Brett Leason, Connor McMichael, and Martin Fehervary are the only waiver-exempt players on the team while Axel Jonsson Fjallby hasn’t been up long enough to need to go through waivers again. Any two of those (presumably Leason and Jonsson Fjallby) going down would free up the cap room to make this move.