Johansson brings versatility and depth to Sabres lineup

Johansson brings versatility and depth to Sabres lineup

He now joins a Buffalo team, headlined by forwards Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner, that likely will look for him to produce higher in the order.

PuckPedia.com, which was among the first websites to report the Johansson signing, also noted that the deal includes a 10-team "no-trade" list, the Sabres therefore eligible to move him to 20 other National Hockey League teams if they find the fit not to their liking. The average annual value is $4.5 million.

The Buffalo Sabres have been rather quiet since the beginning of free agency, making only a few minor additions, but GM Jason Botterill made his biggest splash of the summer Saturday morning, signing winger Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $9-million contract, with an AAV of $4.5 million.

Johansson, 28, began last season with the New Jersey Devils but was shipped to the Boston Bruins in February. He compiled four goals and 11 points in 22 playoff contests during Boston's run to the Stanley Cup final.

The Sabres went 33-39-10 last season and missed the playoffs for the eighth straight year. He also played for Team Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

A nine-year National Hockey League veteran, Johansson has recorded 334 points (120+214) in 588 career games and added 41 points (13+28) in 94 career playoff contests.

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