Capitals add forward depth in Marcus Johansson and Johan Larsson

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Mar 8, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Kraken forward Marcus Johansson (90) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Capitals acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Seattle Kraken and Johan Larsson from the Arizona Coyotes on trade deadline day.

General manager Brian MacLellan wanted to provide more forward depth after losing Carl Hagelin to a serious eye injury.

Capitals acquire Marcus Johansson

The Capitals sent forward Daniel Sprong and draft picks to Seattle — a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft and a 2023 sixth-round pick, the team announced. The Kraken retain half of Johansson’s contract.

Johansson, 31, returns for a second tour with the Capitals. He played his first seven seasons in D.C. after the Caps selected him No. 24 overall in the 2009 draft.

Johansson has 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 51 games this season, his first in Seattle. He was taken by the Kraken in the expansion draft last summer. He has 401 points (141 goals, 260 assists) in 735 career games with the Capitals, Kraken and four other teams.

Sprong, 25, has 14 points (eight goals, six assists) in 47 games this season for the Capitals. The Kraken will be his fourth team in this, his sixth season. He has 64 points (40 goals, 24 assists) in 186 career games.

Capitals add Johan Larsson

The Capitals traded for Johan Larsson from the Coyotes on Monday for a 2023 third-round draft pick. Arizona will also retain 50% of Larsson’s $1.4M AAV.

Larsson, 29, has 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) in 29 games this season for the Coyotes. In 474 career games with the Minnesota Wild, Buffalo Sabres and Arizona, Larsson has amassed 126 points.

“Johan is a great person and a true professional,” said GM Bill Armstrong. “We appreciate his contributions to our club and wish him all the best in the future.”

–Field Level Media contributed to this article