The Boston Bruins pulled the trigger on a deadline deal, acquiring forward Marcus Johansson from the New Jersey Devils for a 2019 second-round pick and 2020 fourth-round draft pick, the Bruins have confirmed.
Johansson can play both the left and right wing (he actually has some experience playing center, too) and has proven to be capable of moving up and down your lineup from line to line. The 6-foot-1 forward has turned it on of late, too, with six goals on 30 shots and 12 points in his last 13 games in an elevated role with the Devils.
In total, the 28-year-old has totaled 12 goals and 27 points in 48 games this season.
Johansson recorded a career-high 24 goals and 58 goals with the Capitals in 2016-17.
New Jersey will retain 40 percent of Johansson’s remaining salary.
Another interesting note: Johansson got put on the shelf for three months by way of a Brad Marchand elbow last season.
Johansson did not hold back when criticizing Marchand for what he believed was an attempt to injure him.
“It was stupid,” Johansson said of Marchand elbowing him. “There’s nothing else to say about it. There was no point in doing that. There was no hockey play whatsoever. It’s sad to see there are still guys out there trying to hurt other guys. It’s sad. It’s stupid. I hoping it doesn’t come to him ending someone else’s career before it’s enough.”
With the Johansson acquisition official, Sweeney’s deadline week includes moves for Charlie Coyle and Johansson, and the signing of veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a one-year deal worth $650,000.
The Bruins are in action Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks.