CRAZY_4_NAZZY Posted June 2, 2015 Share Posted June 2, 2015 Since the end of the playoffs ended for the Caps this year, the number 1 consensus need for upgrade was a RW to play with Ovechkin and Backstrom. They have had revolving doors with Joel Ward, Troy Brouwer, Eric Fehr, Andrei Burakovsky...however none of them seemed to perfectly suit the pair together. Since Joel Ward is likely to part ways being too high price for the Caps to resign and Burakovsky is better suited on the left wing the Caps are flooded with depth on the Left side. Ovechkin can play RW to balance it off but prefers the left side. You have a flurry between Johansson, Burakovsky, up and comer Vrana (who was moved to LW playing with the Hershey Bears), Chimera, O'Brien. As I have read some articles on Marcus Johansson, the Caps love what he does but want to make room for guys like Burakovsky and Vrana in the top six. As MoJo is a RFA this year, the general consensus is that a long term deal is not likely to be done with him. But he is a great two-way player who reached record highs this season with 20 goals and 47 points playing just about 16 mins per game. He plays either wing and can even do spot duty at centre if need be. Isn't a small guy at 6'1'' 205 pounds and is a very smart player. Some could say that his numbers have been inflated due to playing with Ovechkin on the PP, but he can certainly hold his own. At 24, as a RFA already doing his bridge deal and proving more than enough that he can be a top six contributor, the speculation is that his salary range would be from 4 mil - 4.5 mil which seems reasonable now a days for a top six player. Sounds like the Caps have a great player right? Yes its true but they still have that glaring hole on the right side and the eventual want to graduate Burakovsky and Vrana into the top six in the next few years. Now for Vancouver.... could we find a way to snag a deal to bring Marcus Johansson here? What would the value take to get him and would a premier scorer like Radim Vrbata by chance fulfill that need for the Capitals? Not suggesting a straight up deal but could there be a deal possibly surrounding these two guys? He could fit nicely in the top six playing as the LW and still help on the powerplay. Smart player who sees the ice well as a playmaker and is defensively responsible as well. Not dynamic skater but has good enough speed to burn opposition. Not an aggressive player but doesn't shy away from contact. His 20 goals weren't fluke either as he was challenged to shoot more and he answered and potted some goals. I feel his opportunity in Washington is limited and with a bigger opportunity here in Vancouver he could breakout to be a lot better than people expect or even thought he could be. Ideally I would expect this more to be like a deadline deal than a summer deal but either way I could live with either or. I wouldn't oppose would you? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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