Washington Capitals News: Johansson, Looking Ahead To 2015 Season

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Hello everyone. Not much on the Washington Capitals front occurred yesterday. The Washington Capitals and restricted free agent Marcus Johansson had their arbitration case yesterday. Johansson is a bit of a polarizing player because he hasn’t lived up to the lofty expectations that Washington Capitals fans have for him. Struggling under Adam Oates certainly didn’t help his case in that regard. However, after a two-year hiatus of being a very good player, for the first time since 2011-2012, Johansson was a very good top six forward last season. He improved his confidence with the puck and generated shot attempts at a rate that he had never done before. He’s definitely worth at least $4,000,000 a year, IMO. 

With that said, Andre Burakovsky is penciled in to MoJo’s old role at second line left wing. That likely leaves Johansson at the third line left wing spot for the Washington Capitals if everyone’s healthy. However, health is a fickle thing in hockey and it’s always good to have forward depth, so that change in his role doesn’t negatively impact his value as much as one would think. Also worth noting is that prospect Jakub Vrana has been looking excellent thus far and will likely be NHL ready by the end of this season or at the latest by the end of the 2016-2017 season. So a long-term deal for Johansson and the Washington Capitals doesn’t make sense. However, a one or two-year deal does. 

The 2015-2016 season looks to be an exciting one for the Washington Capitals. Not only have the Caps drastically improved, so have the other teams in the Metropolitan Division. Their biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, have thus far this off-season been matching the Caps move for move. This should make for more epic showdowns between the two teams led by Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. As a huge fan of hockey, that’s something I’m excited to see.

Washington Capitals News

Capitals Bracing For Johansson’s Arbitration Award [CSN Washington – Chuck Gormley]

Caps Draftee Connor Hobbs One-on-One With Mike Vogel [Monumental Network]

How Many Goals Can Marcus Johansson Score? [Japers Rink – Muneeb Alam]

Elite Snipers 101 [The Player’s Tribune – Jonathan Quick]

Five Predictions For The Capitals Next Season [The Hockey Writers – Glynn Cosker]

A Look At The 2015-2016 Caps/Pens Rivalry [NoVa Caps Fans – Justin Green]