ARLINGTON, Va. — Marcus Johansson was back in Toronto for another arbitration hearing with the Washington Capitals, but this time he didn't have to go through with it.
Hours before Johansson and the Capitals were set to go to arbitration for the second time, they agreed on a $13.75 million, three-year deal. The 25-year-old Swedish forward will count $4.583 million against the salary cap, almost exactly between the two sides' arbitration asking prices but on a longer contract.
Johansson got as close as the entrance to the hotel where NHL arbitration cases are heard before the deal got done.
"I don't think anyone wants to go to arbitration. That's kind of a last...