The Minnesota Wild have made the franchises first move of the 2023 offseason, and it involves bringing back a player who was thought to be a trade deadline rental. Forward Marcus Johansson and the Wild have agreed on a new two-year contract worth $4 million ($2 million average annual value). The new contract will keep Johansson in a Wild sweater through the 2024-25 season.
This past season he split 80 games between Washington and Minnesota, recording 46 points on 19 goals and 27 assists. The 32-year-old also excelled in the power play during the regular season totaling 18 points on five goals and 13 assists.
MARCUS JOHANSSON, THAT WAS FILTHY pic.twitter.com/pIRWizZnMS
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 22, 2023
This is Johansson’s second stint in Minnesota after he was traded to the Wild from Washington on February 28 in exchange for a 2024 third-round NHL Draft pick.
Marcus Johansson buries it to cut the lead. #mnwild pic.twitter.com/IJ8Eogos3b
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His first go around in Minnesota came in the 2020-21 season where he was limited to 36 regular season games. His postseason was also cut short with a broken arm injury in an opening round series against Vegas.
After being traded back to Minnesota, Johansson played in 20 regular season games scoring six goals and picking up 12 assists for 18 total points. He also racked up a plus six rating.
Johansson’s 13 year career has seen him play for the Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Seattle Kraken, and of course the Minnesota Wild. Throughout 833 regular-season games during that span he has scored 163 goals and tallied 290 assists for 453 total points. Additionally, Johansson has played in 109 career Stanley Cup Playoff games collecting 45 points on 16 goals and 29 assists.