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Sometime today the Capitals are expected to resume contract talks with restricted free agent Marcus Johansson. The value of that contract will determine how much cap space the Caps will have entering next season.
Johansson, 22, is coming off a very good second half of last season, when he played on a top line with Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin and finished with six goals and 16 assists in 34 games.
Johansson’s entry level contract averaged $900,000 a season and he’s likely seeking a big increase, possibly in the range between $2.2 and $2.5 million.
Why so high? Carl Hagelin.
Last week, the Rangers signed the Swedish left wing to a two-year, $4.5 million extension that averages $2.25 million a season.
Hagelin, 24, was also a restricted free agent. He played all 48 games for the Rangers last season, finishing with 10 goals and 14 assists.
In 112 NHL games over two NHL seasons, Hagelin has 24 goals and 38 assists for 62 points. [.55 points per game]. He’s added three goals and six assists in 29 playoff games.
In 183 games over three NHL seasons, Johansson has 33 goals and 62 assists for 95 points [.52 points per game]. He’s added four goals and seven assists in 30 playoff game.
With that in mind – and with the prospect of Johansson playing alongside the Caps’ two most explosive offensive weapons – it’s no wonder the 22-year-old Swede will be looking for a big payday.
If he’s able to land $2.5 million, the Caps’ cap space would shrink from $5.6 million to $3.1 million, still not a bad cushion entering the 2013-14 season.