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Caps’ Johansson signs in Swedish second division

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Washington Capitals winger Marcus Johansson has agreed to a lockout deal with Allsvenskan team BIK Karlskoga, according to the team website.

The move is a homecoming for the 22-year-old, who played with SEL club Farjestads at both the junior and senior levels before joining the Capitals in 2010.

Taken 24th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Johansson had a breakout campaign in Washington last season. He posted career highs in all categories — games played (80), goals (14), assists (32) and points (46) — and averaged over 16 minutes a night, often filling in as the Caps’ second-line center.

Big things are expected of the young Swede once the NHL season resumes. He could play on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, or slide down to the second unit and play on newly-acquired Mike Ribeiro’s wing.

But until the work stoppage is over, Johansson will play in a Swedish second division bolstered a number of locked-out NHLers: Anze Kopitar, Jonathan Ericsson, Patrik Berglund, Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Read, Carl Hagelin, Douglas Murray and Patric Hornqvist, to name a few.

Johansson also becomes the sixth Cap to sign abroad, joining Ovechkin and Backstrom (KHL), Brooks Laich (Switzerland), Wojtek Wolski (Poland) and Michal Neuvirth (Czech Republic).

Video: Hextall comments on AHL d-man Pyett, who was diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers’ AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.

The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the club offers “heartfelt thoughts and prayers.”

Pyett signed a one-year contract with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms after being at the Flyers’ training camp. He was selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL entry draft. He signed as a free agent with the New York Rangers in 2012 and spent two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League.

Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

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Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

From the club:

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.