The Boston Bruins made their second trade of the last week when they announced Monday the acquisition of New Jersey Devils left winger Marcus Johansson in exchange for two draft picks.
Johansson brings versatility and scoring depth to Boston's lineup as the playoff push intensifies, but he also has quite a history with B's forward Brad Marchand.
In case you've forgotten, Marchand elbowed Johansson in the head during a Bruins-Devils game at TD Garden in January of last season. The NHL suspended Marchand five games for the elbow, and Johansson was very critical of the Bruins left winger in comments made two months after the incident.
Bruins general manager Don Sweeney talked about the incident in his NHL trade deadline press conference Monday, and noted Johansson is happy to be on Marchand's side this time.
"We were looking for a player that would be excited to join our club," Sweeney said. "I think his quick line was 'I'd much rather be playing with Marchand than against.' I think he's happy with knowing where our club is at currently and the fact that he goes right into a competitive atmosphere."
Sweeney added: "In the moment it's not great, not great for the player, and (Marchand) felt bad about it. He wasn't trying to hurt a player and he paid the price for that. I've seen a lot of tough guys have a beef and then go out and have a beer afterward, so I think they'll be perfectly fine and (Marchand) will be the first one to welcome him aboard -- that's the type of player he is."
One positive for Johansson in regards to this trade is he has a chance to make a deep playoff run with the Bruins, something that wasn't going to happen had he remained with the Devils. The B's have won six of their last seven games and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, while the Devils have the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference and reside at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.
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