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Caps re-sign former first-round pick Johansen

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Capitals defenseman Lucas Johansen handles the puck

The Capitals re-signed defenseman Lucas Johansen to a two-year, $1.525 million contract Friday, the team announced.

Washington’s 2016 first-round pick, Johansen signed a two-way deal for next season with a $750,000 salary if he makes the Capitals’ roster and $125,000 should he be relegated to the AHL. However, the second year is a one-way contract for $775,000.

The 24-year-old spent most of last season with the Capitals’ AHL affiliate Hershey Bears. He finished second among the team’s defensemen in goals (eight), assists (20) and points while appearing in 62 games.

Johansen made his NHL debut Dec. 31 against the Detroit Red Wings and recorded an assist but was sent back down and didn’t appear in another Capitals game the rest of the season. His brother, Ryan, is a veteran center who’s tallied 98 goals and 236 assists across 11 seasons for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators.