WASHINGTON — The Capitals and forward Marcus Johansson were able to avoid arbitration Wednesday, agreeing to a deal just before the deadline.
The 25-year-old forward agreed to a three-year deal worth $13.75 million, as Chris Johnston first reported and the team later confirmed.
Johansson will earn $4.25 million in 2016-17, then $4.75 million in each of the following two seasons.
Last season, Johansson’s sixth with the Capitals, scored 17 goals and notched 29 assists and was plus-12 over 74 games. He set a career-high with seven game-winning goals, second to only Alex Ovechkin for the most on the team.
According to the Capitals, he became the first Washington player since Nicklas Backstrom in 2009-10 to post a three-assist game and a multi-goal game consecutively when he did so on April 5 and April 7 this year.
The Capitals drafted the Swede 24th overall in 2009. He’s scored 78 goals and added 154 assists over six seasons, including 21 goals and 44 assists on power plays. He’s also scored seven goals and notched 15 assists in the postseason, including two goals and five assists in the 2015-16 playoffs.