The Washington Capitals are bringing in at least one reinforcement ahead of the NHL’s 3 pm trade deadline Monday — and it’s a familiar face.
The Capitals traded for Seattle Kraken forward Marcus Johansson on Monday morning, according to multiple reports. Johansson was drafted in the first round by the Capitals in 2009, playing seven seasons in DC from 2010-2017.
TSN’s Chris Johnston was first to report the deal. It’s unclear as of Monday morning what the Capitals gave up in return. The team has yet to announce the trade.
Johansson is expected to give the team flexibility, as the 31-year-old can play all three forward positions. He may also slot in on the team’s second power-play unit — a group that struggled to open the season but has improved markedly in recent weeks.
Johansson’s best season came in 2016-17 when he tallied 58 points in 82 games with the Capitals.
But Washington then traded him to New Jersey for multiple draft picks in a move to save money. Since the trade, Johansson has bounced around, playing for the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Kraken.
This season, Johansson has scored six goals and dished out 17 assists in 51 goals for the struggling Kraken.