The Washington Capitals have officially made a deal with the Seattle Kraken to reunite with 2009 first-rounder and former longtime Capital Marcus Johansson. Daniel Sprong, a 2022 fourth-rounder and 2023 six-rounder are going back the other way to Seattle with the 2022 NHL Trade Deadline just hours away.
Meanwhile, Seattle will retain 50 percent of Johansson’s salary.
Johansson, the Capitals’ 2009 first-round selection, played seven seasons in D.C., putting up a couple of 20-plus goal campaigns and also posting four consecutive 40-plus point seasons. In the final year of his deal, “JoJo” picked up a career-high 58 points.
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After leaving at the end of 2016-17 for free agency, Johansson went on to play for the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Minnesota Wild before signing a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Seattle Kraken over the 2021 offseason. He has six goals and 17 assists through 51 games this season.
Sprong, meanwhile, will leave Washington after two seasons. The Dutch forward had a breakout year and showcased a lot of high-scoring potential in 2020-21, but has been unable to recapture the same consistency this season. Of late, he had spent a lot of time as a healthy scratch, until injuries summoned him back into the mix. He has eight goals and eight assists through 47 games this season. He carries a cap hit of $725,000 and is a restricted free agent at the end of this season.