Marcus Johansson signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon. The 28-year-old forward short stint with the Boston Bruins comes to an end.
— NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) July 4, 2019
The Swede played 10 regular-season games and scored three points. In the Stanley Cup playoffs, he made a big impact and scored 11 points (four goals, seven assists) and a game winner. Johansson played 48 games (12 goals, 15 assists) before being dealt with the Bruins in February of the trade deadline.
One of the few big names left on the market, Marcus Johansson has decided to sign with the #Sabres. Johansson provided some key secondary scoring for the Bruins’ playoff run and the Sabres hope he’ll bring more of the same to Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/CergCH8hB2
— The Point (@ThePointHockey) July 6, 2019
How That Impacts The Sabres
The Sabres finished the 2018-19 season with a 33-39-10 record (6th in Atlantic Division). Johansson skills, leadership, and experience fills the needs for the Sabres. A player of his caliber can provide mentoring and learning for young-stars like Jack Eichel and Rasmus Dahlin.
After signing Marcus Johansson for 2 years at $4.5M AAV, the #Sabres now have $6,665,476 in projected cap space, with a roster of 20 (11F/8D/1G).
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) July 6, 2019
The veteran is expected to use Johansson in a top-six role and power-play. The Sabres finished the season with just 221 goals (23rd in NHL) and ranked 16th (19.5 percent) in the power-play.
BUF adds Marcus Johansson to the top-six.
$4.5mil x 2 is reasonable enough cash and a nice term length to provide BUF some stability in the middle of the lineup.
— Sean Tierney (@ChartingHockey) July 6, 2019
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