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Wild sign Marcus Johansson to 2-year, $4M deal

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars

Apr 19, 2023; Dallas, Texas, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Johansson (90) in action during the game between the Dallas Stars and the Minnesota Wild in game two of the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild signed right wing Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million contract, securing a key player who was set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Johansson’s salary cap hit of $2 million for the next two seasons will give general manager Bill Guerin some valuable certainty in a time of little flexibility because of the dead money the Wild are carrying for the 2021 buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

The 32-year-old Johansson had six goals and 12 assists in 20 regular-season games for the Wild, who reacquired him on Feb. 28 before the trade deadline from Washington for a third-round draft pick. Johansson had two goals in six games in the playoffs for the Wild, who lost in the first round to Dallas. Johansson’s presence on a line with Matt Boldy was a big lift down the stretch for the budding star, who had 15 goals and eight assists over his last 19 games.

Johansson first came to Minnesota in 2020 from Buffalo in a deal for center Eric Staal. After one season with the Wild, he signed with expansion Seattle. Johansson has played 13 years in the NHL, mostly with the Capitals.