The Bruins beefed up their front line Monday, acquiring forward Marcus Johansson from the Devils for a couple of draft picks.
New Jersey will get a second-round pick in 2019 and a fourth-round pick in 2020 from Boston in return for the 28-year-old.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) February 25, 2019
Johansson, an eight-year veteran, has 12 goals and 15 assists in 48 games this season for New Jersey. The former first-round pick of the Capitals was dealt to New Jersey in the 2017 offseason for draft picks.
The struggling Devils, en route to missing the playoffs for the sixth time in seven seasons, have been offloading veterans recently. The club had already traded Brian Boyle to Nashville, Ben Lovejoy to Dallas and Keith Kinkaid to Columbus.
It’s worth noting one of Johansson’s new teammates is Brad Marchand, who laid a brutal hit on Johansson last March that earned him a five-game suspension and left Johansson with a concussion. Johansson later ripped Marchand in the media, calling the play “stupid” and saying he hoped “it doesn’t come to him ending someone else’s career before it is enough.”
Johansson is in the final year of the three-year, $13.75 million contract he inked with the Capitals.