In the NHL arbitration process, prior to the actual hearing a team will present an arbitration offer and the player will present an asking price. Those numbers are now in for Marcus Johansson.
The Caps have presented an offer of $3.85 million for Johansson and he is asking for an award of $5.25 million, Elliotte Friedman reports.
The first thing to know is that neither side expects to get that price in arbitration. The offers are part of the negotiation process.
Teams will always low-ball the offer while the players will always aim high. Should this go all the way through arbitration, Johansson will likely be awarded something in the middle, which falls in-line with the $4.5 million expected since the process began.
Last year, Johansson sought $4.75 million in arbitration after registering a career-high 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) and was awarded a one-year contract worth $3.75 million.
He followed that up with 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists) in 2015-16 and is now hoping his consistency will yield him a significant raise.
Johansson's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. He can still sign a deal with the Caps at any time up until the ruling is announced.
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