The Washington Capitals have traded Daniel Sprong, their fourth-round pick in 2022 and their sixth-round pick in 2023 to the Seattle Kraken for former Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson. The Kraken retained 50% of Johansson’s $1,500,000 AAV salary.
Marcus Johansson to Washington is now confirmed. Deal is done.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 21, 2022
Johansson played seven seasons for the Capitals from 2010-2017. He was then traded to the New Jersey Devils in 2017 where he played for two seasons. He then played single seasons with Boston, Buffalo, Minnesota and this season with Seattle. Johansson has six goals and 17 assists in 51 games played so far this season for the Kraken.
Confirmed: Marcus Johansson to the Capitals. Daniel Sprong and draft picks are part of the deal to Seattle.
— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) March 21, 2022
Sprong showed bursts of offensive production for the Capitals, but never could grasp the defensive end of the game, and was ultimately a regular healthy scratch. Sprong was traded from Pittsburgh and Anaheim for essentially the same reasons.
The #ALLCAPS acquired 31 y/o F Marcus Johansson (Yr 1/1 $1.5M Cap Hit – 50% retained) from #SeaKraken for Daniel Sprong (Yr 2/2 $725K Cap Hit then RFA), ’22 4th & ’23 6th.#ALLCAPS add $25K net Cap Hit
Johansson: 6G 23P in 51GP
Sprong: 8G 14P in 46GPhttps://t.co/2b5wqJtjWr
— PuckPedia (@PuckPedia) March 21, 2022
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said he expects Marcus Johansson to be available for the Capitals game on Tuesday against the St. Louis Blues.
From the Washington Capitals
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Seattle Kraken for forward Daniel Sprong, a 2022 fourth round pick and a 2023 sixth round pick, senior vice president and general manager Brian MacLellan announced today. Seattle will retain 50% of Johansson’s contract.
On the Marcus Johansson trade with Washington, Seattle GM Ron Francis said Daniel Sprong was “a player they wanted to give back to us.”
— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) March 21, 2022
Johansson, 31, a native of Landskrona, Sweden, recorded 23 points (6g, 17a) in 51 games with the Kraken this season.
The 6’1”, 203-pound forward played seven seasons with Washington from 2010-17, compiling 290 points (102g, 188a) in 501 games. Johansson is one of 31 players in franchise history to play 500 games for the Capitals.
In 735 career games with Washington, the New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota Wild and Seattle, Johansson has recorded 401 points (141g, 260a)
.Johansson additionally has 41 points (13g, 28a) in 97 career playoff games, including three game-winning goals and an overtime-winning goal as a member of the Capitals on April 23, 2017, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Johansson was selected by the Capitals in the first round, 24th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft. He is one of 14 players from the 2009 Draft class to reach the 400-point mark.
Johansson has represented Sweden in the Olympics (2014) and the World Junior Championships (2009, 2010). Johansson won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, won a bronze medal and served as captain for Sweden at the 2010 World Junior Championship and captured a silver medal with Sweden at the 2009 World Junior Championship.
Sprong, 25, recorded 14 points (8g, 6a) in 47 games this season. The 6’0”, 193-pound forward recorded 34 points (21g, 13a) in 89 career games with the Capitals. The Capitals acquired Sprong from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenseman Christian Djoos on Feb. 24, 2020.
The NHL trade deadline is 3:00 PM today.
By Jon Sorensen