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Contract details for Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson

Nicklas Backstrom's contract escalates from $6 million to $8 million, I'm told. It breaks down like this: $6 mil., 6, 6, 6, 6.5, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 7.5 and 8.

Marcus Johansson's three-year entry level is for $900,000 ($810,000 salary plus $90,000 signing bonus) each season. There are no team-paid performance bonuses.

Johansson's deal also includes a "European out clause" which will allow him to leave North America next season, if he so chooses, and head back to Farjestads of the Swedish Elite League.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 17, 2010; 11:13 AM ET
 
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AWESOME! Maybe he can play second line center next year since we don't seem to have one!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 17, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Do we think this Johanssen has a real shot at making the roster this coming season.

Posted by: capscoach | May 17, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

@capscoach

No. MJ is likely to be a 2011-2012 guy. He has to get used to the rink size here also.

It is possible if MJ performed amazingly in Hershey next year that he could come up near the end of the season (i.e. John Carlson). But there are no expectations of MJ playing for the Caps next year.

Posted by: sgm3 | May 17, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I would hope he can play with OV to spread the scoring around. Then we will see if OV or Back can play with someone else.

Posted by: RichC3 | May 17, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

do we know whether Backy's contract includes either a NTC or a NMC for any length of time?

Posted by: hockeygood1 | May 17, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

From what little I have gleaned re: MJ, he hasn't necessarily lit up the Swedish Pro League.

Therefore, this is an ultimate bet on potential. We sure could use a 2nd center.

Posted by: Rocc00 | May 17, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Of course, the one day I've been busy at work, this comes out. This is fantastic! I'm glad they finally got it done, and $6.7/year is not bad at all for what we're getting.

Posted by: TheDoubleAlex | May 17, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

There are no "team-paid performance bonuses"? Are there any non-team paid performance bonuses?

Paul R

Posted by: paulvincentleo | May 18, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

@Paul,

Yes, there are league paid bonuses for postseason honors and such.

-TEB

Posted by: el_bashir | May 18, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

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