On the day in which the Caps and Marcus Johansson were set to meet in arbitration, both sides have avoided the hearing by reaching a deal for a three-year, $13.75 million contract, the team announced Wednesday. Johansson will earn $4.25 million in 2016-17 and $4.75 million in 2017-18 and 2018-19, with a cap hit of just over $4.58 million per year.
Johansson, 25, looked poised to go to arbitration for the second-straight year, becoming the first player to do so since 2006. Instead, both sides were able to reach an eleventh-hour deal to lock Johansson in for the long term.
The deal also includes a five-team no-trade clause in the last two years of the contract, reports Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post. A no-trade clause does not provide protection against next year's expansion draft meaning the Caps are not obligated to protect Johansson.
Just one year after setting career highs in goals (20) and points (47), Johansson put together another solid campaign with 46 points in 2016-17. The consistency earned Johansson a significant raise on the $3.75 million he was awarded in arbirtation in 2015. The new deal will also take him past restritced status meaning this will be the last arbitration battle we see between the two sides.
"I love the guys here, I love everything here," Johansson said at the end of the season. "I love the fans, I love coming to the rink here everyday and I hope I can continue to do that."