Johansson, 31, has a long, history with the Capitals, having played the first seven seasons of his career with the organization. A first-round pick in 2009, he was a big part of their offense for years, before eventually getting dealt to the New Jersey Devils for a pair of draft picks. The Capitals would go on to win the Stanley Cup the following year, while Johansson dealt with an injury-riddled campaign in New Jersey.
It’s been a very inconsistent ride since then, with the Swedish forward playing for the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild, and Seattle Kraken following his time with the Devils, before a deadline trade this year brought him back to Washington. While he’s not in quite the same role as he once was, Johansson is still a great possession player that can bounce around a lineup, filling in wherever necessary.
For $1.1MM, he poses no risk to the Capitals, as his entire contract can be buried in the minor leagues if necessary. For at least the first part of the season that likely won’t be necessary, while the team deals with injuries to several key forwards, but it is not out of the question for Johansson to be scratched at some point near the end of the year, if he’s not providing better performance than Washington’s younger options.