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Marcus Johansson is a versatile forward who began to find his game in 2012-13 as a winger after struggling with the responsibilities of the center position in previous seasons. In 34 games, MoJo scored six goals and handed out 16 assists for a total of 22 points.
According to CapGeek.com, Johansson's contract paid him $900,000 in 2012-13, and he should receive a pay raise. Since Johansson is a restricted free agent, the Capitals can match any offer he receives from another team.
One such team may be the Ottawa Senators. On May 28, Senators head coach Pal MacLean told Bruce Garrioch of The Ottawa Sun what his team would be looking for in the offseason:
...we want players that have size and speed and good skill at whatever position we can get them at is what I would think. I don't think there's one specific need, but if we can get one anywhere I think that would be a great addition.
Johansson may fulfill all of MacLean's requirements, even if the Walrus has not said so publicly. At 6'1", 205 pounds, Johansson has the size, and he definitely has the speed. The skill is there as well, although, the 22-year-old Swede has not fully tapped into his vast potential. Furthermore, Johansson is capable of playing "whatever position" MacLean needs among the forward ranks.
Most importantly from the Senators standpoint is the fact that Johansson can only ask for so much in terms of salary, as his offensive production has yet to meet expectations. Johansson was selected in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft, but as Hockey-reference.com shows, he has produced only 0.52 points per game in 183 career regular season games. Ottawa could play it relatively safe by signing him to a two-year contract worth $1,800,000 per season.