With two days separating the Washington Capitals and Marcus Johansson from arbitration for the second straight years, the amounts each team is willing to give have come out.
Last season, Johansson asked for $4.75 million and was awarded $3.75 million.
The numbers both the team and the player are lower and higher, respectively, than what is realistically expected. One possible comparison is Detroit`s Gustav Nyquist who signed a four year deal this off-season worth $4.75 million per year. Nyquist is one year older than Marcus.
With Johansson being a restricted free agent, it is important to note that the Caps can walk away from what the arbitrator awards and still be compensated if Johansson signs with another team.