With the NHL season quickly approaching, the Washington Capitals have left their fans on the edge of their seat regarding the contract extension of forward, Marcus Johansson. Johansson just finished up his three-year entry level contract that paid him roughly $900,000 per year. Although there was speculation that Johansson would be under a contract before Mikhail Grabovski was signed, it has left some curious to what the Capitals are planning to do with the 22-year-old Swede.
After the signing of Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract last Friday, the roster now holds 21 players and the Caps sit just below the $2.665 million NHL salary cap. Which in other terms means, Johansson will have to sign a contract that guarantees him in the $2.5 million range per year or the Capitals will have to make some adjustments to their roster whether that means releasing Johansson or making cuts to their almost finalized team.
If you don’t already know, it is nearly impossible to trade NHL salaries in September, so it looks as if Johansson may just be stuck with $2.5 million (give or take a few). If you happen to be a fan of the Capitals, this is an extremely good deal for the play maker that was line mates with Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. He also recorded 6 goals and 16 assists in 34 games.
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