Washington Capitals: Top 30 Players In Franchise History

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Calle Johansson

Coming in at number 14 on our list of the greatest Washington Capitals players in franchise history is defenseman Calle Johansson. Johansson holds the record for most games played with the Capitals for a defenseman with 983. He played 983 of his 1109 career NHL games with the Caps organization. He spent 15 seasons with the team from 1988 to 2003

"Upon his trade to Washington in 1988-89, Johannson became a fixture on the team’s blueline. He scored at least 40-points four times and was a major part of the Caps’ special teams and transition game. The talented blueliner helped Washington reach the semi-finals in 1990 and the final in 1998. In 1999-00 the veteran rearguard led all NHL defenseman with 2,389 shifts. Johansson went on to play 15 seasons in Washington before opting to call it a career at the end of the 2002-03 season. However, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed the veteran rearguard at the 2004 trade deadline for the remainder of the 2003-04 season, in hopes of adding some depth to their blueline. The Leafs failed to win the cup that season and Johansson retired for good after the playoffs. – Washington Capitals"

In 983 games with the Caps, Johansson scored 113 goals and had 361 assists for a total of 474 points. He placed in the Norris Trophy voting twice, finishing 16th in both 1995-1996 and 1997-1998. His career high in points with 56 back in 1991-1992.

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