The Washington Capitals are welcoming back a familiar face.
The Capitals got in on a busy trade deadline on Monday, acquiring forward Marcus Johansson from the Seattle Kraken in exchange for forward Daniel Sprong and multiple draft picks.
Johansson is on an expiring contract that is set to pay him $1.5 million and has racked up a decent six goals and 23 points in 51 games for the expansion Kraken.
The interesting tidbit here, of course, is Johansson's history with the Capitals, having spent the first seven seasons of his NHL career in the nation's capital, leaving the organization at the 2017 trade deadline after compiling 290 points in 501 career games in Washington.
Johansson is no longer the player he was during his prior stint with the Capitals. The 31-year-old has seen his offensive production plummet over the past several years, with Johansson having not reached double-digits in goals since the 2018-19 season.
As a depth piece, though, the Capitals could certainly do worse than their former first-round pick. Johansson put up decent possession numbers in offensively-focused minutes on the Kraken this season, and will almost certainly not be relied upon to the same degree in Washington that he was in Seattle.
With reports linking the Capitals to a number of big names remaining on the trade bait board, it's unlikely that GM Brian MacLellan is done attempting to upgrade his lineup today. ahead of the playoffs.
Stay tuned as a busy day of movements continues to roll on in the NHL.