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Marcus Johansson has agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Buffalo Sabres.
The 28-year-old Johansson has only managed to play in 87 games over the past two seasons combined due to concussion issues. But after being acquired by the Boston Bruins from New Jersey at last season's trade deadline, he proved he still had the ability to produce in a middle-six role, putting up 11 points in the playoffs on a run to the finals. Johansson produced 58 points in his last full season back in 2016-17, but the 40 point mark is probably a more reasonable expectation for Johansson if he can maintain his health with the Sabres.
Marcus Johansson joined in on the Bruins scoring frenzy with a goal and assist during Game 3 Saturday evening.
Johansson had gone four straight games without a point prior to the start of Game 3 Saturday. It is encouraging to see he has some life in his offensive production for the Bruins. It remains to be seen if he will be able to build upon Game 3's performance in the near future.
Marcus Johannsson assisted on Matt Grzelcyk and Connor Clifton goals during Boston’s 6-2 victory over Carolina in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Johansson has three goals and six assists in 13 playoff games to date.
Meager production coupled with missing a chunk of time due to injury had many previously questioning Boston’s deadline acquisition of Johansson. The trade is now paying handsome dividends during the Bruins’ playoff run though, as the 28-year-old Swede has really started to come alive with four points in his past two games. Johansson will continue to be relied upon for secondary scoring moving forward as Boston looks to make a return to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Marcus Johansson scored a third period goal during Boston’s 5-2 win over Carolina in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday. He also assisted on a first period goal to open the scoring for the Bruins. Johansson has three goals and four assists to date in the playoffs.
Johansson was a driving force for Boston in this game. He single-handedly created the first Boston goal, causing a turnover and then finding a streaking Steven Kampfer down the middle. His third period goal tied the game at 2-2 and fueled a dominant period for the Bruins that saw the team ultimately score four times. If he can continue to generate secondary scoring from Boston's third line, the Bruins will be tough to beat.
Marcus Johansson scored a goal Tuesday to give Boston a 2-0 lead late in the first period against Toronto. The tally proved to be the eventual game winner in the team’s 5-1 Game 7 victory.
The goal marked Johansson’s first point of the series. Though the trade deadline acquisition has largely disappointed since coming to Boston, his goal Tuesday proved timely. At a minimum, he appears to be healthy after missing most of March with a lung contusion and two games of this series with an illness.