Who would have thought three years ago, when the Capitals shipped fifth-line center Mathieu Perreault to the Anaheim Ducks for John Mitchell and a fourth-round draft pick, that today Perreault would serve as a financial comparable in contract talks between the Caps and Marcus Johansson.
On Thursday, Perreault, 28, signed a four-year, $16.5 million contract extension with the Winnipeg Jets.
Perreault, who will make $3 million next season in the final year of a three-year deal, will be paid $4.125 in each of the following four years, beginning in 2017.
“Mathieu has found his place, found his home,” Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters in Winnipeg. “He’s played the best hockey of his career here. He’s excited he fits and he’s become a really versatile player for us on the wings and at center ice. I think style of game too – when fans come and watch, and the players on the bench really appreciate his tenacity. For not a big guy, he plays with a big heart. We’re really fortunate, really pleased that he picked us again.”
Since leaving Washington, Perreault has averaged 42 points a season with Anaheim and Winnipeg. Last season he recorded nine goals and 32 assists in 71 games.
By comparison, Johansson, 25, recorded 46 points in 74 games last season with 17 goals and 29 assists. Six of his goals came on the power play and seven were game-winners.
Johansson is believed to be seeking between $4.5 million and $5 million, while the Caps are believed to be offering between $4 million and $4.5 million.
Johansson filed for arbitration earlier this week. He was given a one-year, $3.75 million award last summer.