The Boston Bruins have acquired winger Marcus Johansson from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2019 2nd round pick and a 2020 4th. New Jersey also retains 40% of Johansson\’s contract.
Johansson is what every contender should go after: scoring. Johansson hasn\’t worked out well in New Jersey, but has a good history in Washington. He will improve the Bruins top six. The cost isn\’t too bad, which is good for a team scared away from Mark Stone\’s price.
Johansson, 28, has scored 12 goals with 15 assists for 27 points in 48 games for the Devils this season. The best year of his career came in 2016-17, when he scored 24 goals with 34 assists for 58 points in 82 games. In his career for the Devils and Washington Capitals, Johansson has scored 119 goals with 212 assists for 331 points in 578 games.
For he Devils, they have been struggling this season, and already traded Ben Lovejoy and Keith Kinkaid. A Johansson trade seemed obvious since he\’s a pending UFA. For a player that has struggled like Johansson, a second and a 4th round pick isn\’t a terrible return.