Monday, February 25, 2019

Boston Adds Johansson From Jersey

2019 Season July 1, 2019
To Boston Pos GP Goals Points Cap Years Cap
Marcus Johansson F 48 12 27 $2.76m 0 UFA
To New Jersey Pos GP G/W Percent Cap Years Cap
Retained Salary 40% $1.84m
2019 2nd Round Draft Pick
2020 4th Round Draft Pick

The Boston Bruins wanted a little bit more scoring, the New Jersey Devils were looking to the future and could accommodate the Bruins' request.  Marcus Johansson, another unrestricted free agent-to-be, was on the block this past week and was held out of a game or two to make sure he was healthy for a trade and the Bruins came knocking, offering a couple of decent picks, as long as the Devils hung onto some of that cap space and that may have been the difference between a 1st round pick and a 2nd round pick as well.

Johansson is still a pretty reasonable play-maker, who does have some finish as well, but the Devils are a shell of a team that they were when they took the league by storm last season and that has a lot to do with the loss of Taylor Hall for an extended period of time and an inexperienced group at each position.  Nevertheless, Johansson does have the creativity that the Bruins could use and isn't overly quick, like most of the Bruins forwards, so he won't be left behind at any point.  This could be a pretty good fit, assuming that he stays healthy.

"Assuming he stays healthy."

That's a statement that can be the bane of many pool owner's existences and it probably could have been much worse for Wilton's team, since they currently rank 3rd in skater games this season with 705 games to their record.  Most of the games missed, however, probably belong to Johansson, so take that for what it's worth.  There could be some gains here, he could line up with some talented forwards, but it will hinge on his health, for sure.

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