Seattle Kraken trade Marcus Johansson to Caps ahead of NHL tradeline

Mar 21, 2022, 11:39 AM | Updated: Mar 22, 2022, 3:59 pm
Seattle Kraken Marcus Johansson...
Marcus Johansson looks on during a Seattle Kraken preseason game in September 2021. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
(Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Marcus Johansson is heading back to the team that drafted him. The Washington Capitals acquired Johansson from the expansion Seattle Kraken, in exchange for forward Daniel Sprong and two later-round draft picks. Seattle also retained 50% of Johansson’s $1.5 million salary cap hit.

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Johansson, who signed with Seattle last summer, is on his sixth team since the Capitals traded him to New Jersey in the summer of 2017. The 31-year-old has six goals and 23 points in 51 games for the Kraken.

Johansson was a 2009 first-round pick of the Capitals, and he played his first seven NHL seasons with Washington.

Sprong, 25, has appeared in 186 games over six seasons with three different teams – Washington, Anaheim and Pittsburgh. He has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 47 games this season.

“We appreciate Marcus’ character and professionalism during his time with the Kraken and wish him well in Washington,” Kraken general manager Ron Francis said in a press release. “Daniel brings some speed and creativity to our roster and we’re looking forward to adding him to our team.”

Seattle also claimed defenseman Derrick Pouliot from Vegas on Monday. Pouliot, 28, has played two games for the Golden Knights this season. He has previously played with St. Louis, Vancouver and Pittsburgh over his seven-year NHL career.

The Seattle Kraken made five total trades in the week prior to Monday’s noon NHL trade deadline, dealing six players mainly for draft picks. For more details on previous trades, click here. staff contributed to this report.

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