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Capitals’ Johansson will play on line with Ovechkin, Backstrom

Sep 7, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

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Saturday has turned out to be a pretty good day for Marcus Johansson.

Not only did the Washington Capitals announce they had re-signed the restricted free agent to a two-year, $4 million deal, but head coach Adam Oates confirmed Johansson will play on the top line with Nicklas Backstrom and some guys named Alex Ovechkin.

“He’s got a great opportunity to start with two great hockey players,” Oates told CSN Washington.

“It’s a good situation, where the coaches like him, the GM likes him and he’s got an opportunity in the next couple years to prove he can be a dominant player in this league and then you get rewarded if you succeed.”

Johansson, Backstrom and Ovechkin have previous experience playing together.

They were united in the latter half of last season and the results were as impressive as they were instant.

Johansson scored six goals and 22 points in 34 games, although 19 of those points came after March 16 with Ovechkin and Backstrom.

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  1. ravenscaps48 - Sep 7, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    As expected. If he plays consistent hockey, he should get 50-60 points…. $2,000,000? Well worth it!

  2. capsrockva - Sep 7, 2013 at 8:07 PM

    I was so afraid that the caps would lose him in free agency, hopefully not to the pens. He’s awesome top line with Ovi/Backstrom, here’s hoping for a hell of a season with him and the Caps

  3. blomfeld - Sep 8, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Yeah … and Nixon played on a line with Ehrlichman and Kissinger !

    Even though I’m on record here for teasing ‘Ovi’ to no end, I do wish this man all the very best. But while saying that, I will also add that he had better not ever forget the ‘supreme glory’ which has preceded him in the past and paved the way for his presence today to be even possible …

    *** Top 5 Hockey Players (World) in 1972 as per The Dusseldorf Messenger ***

    1) Bobby Orr
    2) Vladislav Tretiak
    3) Valery Kharlamov
    4) Gilbert Perreault
    5) Guy Lafleur

    • holtbeast - Sep 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      Blomfeld, ‘why’ don’t ‘you’ ‘go’ lurk else’where’?

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