Kraken agrees to terms with Marcus Johansson
Since joining the Kraken as their first GM, Ron Francis has consistently referred to building the team from the middle with crosses, defenders and goalkeepers. The deal with veteran center Marcus Johansson on a one-year, $ 1.5 million contract on Friday deepens and reinforces the vision of a team that plays fast and smart in every game.
“Marcus is playing a fast game and brings us another veteran presence with a significant amount of playoff experience,” said Francis. “His speed, skill and versatility will help our forward group.”
Johansson’s playoff success shouldn’t be overlooked – and Kraken fans need to love their GM-talking playoffs in any setting.
Johansson, 6-1, 203 pounds, set career highs in Boston’s run to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, highlighted by scoring the game-winning goal in Game 7 of a first-round clash with its rival Toronto.
His 2019 playoff stat line: four goals, 11 assists and nearly 54% game wins in 22 games. Bruins fans fondly remember Johansson’s chemistry with teammate Charlie Coyle that spring.
Johansson was selected 24e overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He played one more year in the professional league in his home country of Sweden before joining the Capitals roster for the 2010-11 season. His rookie season was marked by 13 goals and 14 assists in 69 NHL games.
The 30-year-old is one of a group of Kraken crosses who can also play left or right. This provides options for coach Dave Hakstol and assistants Paul McFarland and Jay Leach to decide on line combinations, especially when injuries require adjustment during the season.
Johansson ranks in the top 15 of 2009 rookies in all major scoring categories, including ninth place with 243 career assists. His 97 career playoff games are the third among players drafted in 2009 and he ranks in the top five in the 2009 draft class for playoff assists, points and power play goals.
The new Kraken forward has played seven seasons with the Capitals, including a final year in which he scored 24 goals and added 34 assists. He was traded to New Jersey ahead of the 2017-18 season, then moved to Boston for that Cup race on the 2019 midseason trade deadline.
Johansson signed a two-year contract with Buffalo as a free agent in the summer of 2019, scoring nine goals and registering 21 assists in 60 games before the Sabers traded him directly to Minnesota for forward Eric Staal. .
With the Wild, Johansson has scored six goals (three have won games) and added eight assists in 36 games. His 2021 playoffs were cut short to three games when he crashed violently into a goal post, breaking his arm. He was on the wing on a line with two other fast skaters, Kevin Fiala and Victor Rask.
Johansson’s career NHL totals: 135 goals and 243 assists for 378 points in 684 regular season games. He was part of the Swedish Olympic silver medalist team in 2014 and has 18 points (6G, 12A) in 28 games with the Swedish national teams in international tournaments.