New York Islanders Daily: Missed Opportunity With Marcus Johansson

By Matt O'Leary
NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 26: Marcus Johansson
NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 26: Marcus Johansson /

The New Jersey Devils made a trade yesterday that Garth Snow and the New York Islanders should’ve made when they acquired Marcus Johansson.

The Washington Capitals were in a tough spot with the cap situation and were forced to trade Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils. It was a fantastic deal for the Devils, but unfortunately for New York Islanders fans, it was a trade Garth Snow should’ve made.

The Devils acquired Johansson for a second and third round pick in the 2018 draft. For the type of player he is this deal absolutely makes sense for the Devils.

Last year he put up a career-high 24 goals and 58 points, rather impressive numbers for the 26-year old. Oh and get this, his cap hit is just $4.5 million over the next two years.

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Remember when Garth acquired a bunch of picks for Travis Hamonic? Wasn’t he supposed to flip that for a center! Johansson is no Matt Duchene but he’s no slouch either. Over the last four seasons in Washington, he’s tacked up 40 points in each of those years.

Plus Garth wouldn’t have had to give up a king’s ransom to get him. This is the exact kind of a move that made sense for the Isles after dealing Hamonic and falling out of the Duchene running. I really don’t know what Garth was doing today but he should’ve had Brian MacLellan on the horn asking about Johansson.

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