The Washington Capitals have added more forward depth.
After acquiring Marcus Johansson from the Seattle Kraken earlier in the day, the Capitals Johan Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes for a third-round draft pick in 2023. The Coyote will retain 50 percent of Larsson’s salary.
Elliotte Friedman from Sportsnet was the first to bring the news†
Larsson played mostly center for the Coyotes and some on the left wing.
The Swedish attacker is currently on injured reserve after a hernia operation in February. He has missed the last 19 games for Arizona, but according to Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic was supposed to return to full practice today before being canceled on Monday.
Johan Larsson, acquired by WSH, has quietly been one of the most effective shutdown centers in the league. He did it in Buffalo’s bottom six for years and — as a flex — did it in Arizona’s top six this season as well. Classic MacLellan Pickup. #In Capital Letters pic.twitter.com/lyebzhCNHz
— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) March 21, 2022
Larsson has 15 points in 29 games this season, which would put him on a pace of over 40 points in a full 82-game streak. He is a former teammate of former Capitals defender Christian Djoos when both played for Brynas in the Swedish Elite League. Brynas is also the former team of Nicklas Backstrom.
The versatile forward is an unrestricted free agent this summer and, with 50 percent of his contract retained, the Caps will cost $700k against the cap this season.
Screenshot via @ArizonaCoyotes/Twitter