Johansson agrees to one-year, $1.5 million contract with Kraken


Marcus Johansson agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Seattle Kraken on Friday.

The 30-year-old forward, who was an unrestricted free agent, scored 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 36 regular-season games with the Minnesota Wild last season and did not score a point in three Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

Johansson sustained a broken arm during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup First Round against the Vegas Golden Knights on May 20 when he fell into the goal post. He had surgery on the arm the next day and is expected to be ready for the season.

“Marcus plays a fast game and brings us another veteran presence with a significant amount of playoff experience,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said. “His speed, skill and versatility will help our forward group.”

Selected by the Washington Capitals in the first round (No. 24) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Johansson has scored 378 points (135 goals, 243 assists) in 684 regular-season games with the Wild, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Capitals, and 41 points (13 goals, 28 assists) in 97 playoff games. 

The Kraken, who begin play as the 32nd NHL team this season, signed goalie Philipp Grubauer (six years, $35.4 million; $5.9 million AAV) and forwards Jaden Schwartz (five years, $27.5 million; $5.5 million AAV) and Alex Wennberg (three years, $13.5 million; $4.5 million AAV) on July 28.

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