It came right down to the wire, but the Washington Capitals and Marcus Johansson won’t require an arbitration hearing today. They’ve settled on a three-year, $13.75 million deal.
The new contract garners a cap hit of $4.583 million, a compromise of what the two sides had been hoping for. The 25-year-old winger can become an unrestricted free agent after his contract expires in the summer of 2019.
From the release:
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.
The task now for the Caps is to get Dmitry Orlov signed. The 24-year-old defenseman is their final restricted free agent, and there’s not a ton of cap space to work with.