Sabres sign Marcus Johansson to two-year deal

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The Buffalo Sabres have added another body to their forward group, signing Marcus Johansson to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $4.5 million.

We have signed forward Marcus Johansson to a two-year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million.

— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 6, 2019

The 28-year-old split last season with the New Jersey Devils and the Boston Bruins. He scored 12 goals and added 15 assists in 48 games with New Jersey before being traded to Boston at the trade deadline.

With the Bruins, Johansson appeared in 10 regular season games and scored just one goal and registered three points. In the playoffs, Johansson played 22 games and was able to chip in 11 points (4+7) en route to an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues.

In his nine-year career with the Bruins, Devils and Washington Capitals, Johansson has played in 588 games, scoring 120 goals and adding 214 assists for 334 points. In 94 career playoff games, Johansson has scored 13 goals and picked up 28 assists for 41 points.

His career-year came in the 2016-17 season when he appeared in all 82 games and set career-highs in goals (24) and points (58).

The 6' 1" and 205-pound forward has primarily played on the wing over the span of his career, but he did start his career playing at center. Johansson will be a potential option for the Sabres down the middle to go along with Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt.

The native of Landskrona, Sweden was originally drafted by the Capitals in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.

Johansson has also represented Sweden internationally at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, as well as the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.