The arbitration hearing for Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals is set for 9:00 a.m. this morning in Toronto. On Monday the Washington Post reported that the Capitals filed an arbitration request against forward Marcus Johansson for a one-year deal worth $3 million. Marcus Johsansson’s lawyers filed a counter-brief request of $4.75 million.
The one-year request, like with Holtby, would ensure Johansson re-enters restricted free agency next summer, assuming the two sides can not reach agreement prior to the arbitrators official decision. The Washington Post also reported that the likelihood of the Capitals walking away from the MoJo table were very slim:
For what it’s worth, several individuals with knowledge of the situation shot down the idea of the Capitals walking away from an arbitration ruling with Johansson, allowable if the award tops $3.8 million, so the threat of him not returning to Washington next season is virtually non-existent, barring some decision outside the bounds of the current asks.