Capitals trade F Johansson to Devils for picks

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 3, 2017

The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Evgeny Kuznetsov to a $62.4 million, eight-year deal.

Neither of them are their own, as the former belonged to the Florida Panthers while the latter belonged to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The back-to-back Presidents' Trophy winners committed $7.8 million per season to Kuznetsov, $5.75 million to right winger T.J. Oshie and $5.1 million to Dmitry Orlov and had to do something. After a slow start to last season, he finished the year with 19 goals and 40 assists, scoring 50 points in the last 61 games of the season. While he is going from having Kuznetsov as his primary center to perhaps flanking a rookie, he should be a quality player for the Devils. He has 290 points (102 goals, 188 assists) in 501 National Hockey League games during the past seven seasons, all with the Capitals. He scored eight points (two goals, six assists) in 13 playoff games this season as well. Kuznetsov was a restricted free agent, and his deal took up a big chunk of Washington's remaining salary cap space.

The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, were bumping their heads against the salary cap ceiling. "Washington with their cap and being able to trade a great player like Kuznetsov and certainly a team like ours taking advantage of that and adding a real good young player and an up-and-coming player in Marcus".

In Johansson, the Devils get a versatile forward who can play multiple positions as well as up and down the lineup.

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