Buffalo has signed a new forward.
The Sabres announced Saturday that they inked Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4.5 million deal.
We have signed forward Marcus Johansson to a two-year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million. pic.twitter.com/l4WcIEyb1j
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) July 6, 2019
The 28-year-old totaled 12 goals and 15 assists in 48 games with the Devils in 2018-19 before being dealt to the Bruins, where he played 10 regular-season games before becoming a major contributor to Boston’s Stanley Cup run.
Johansson tallied 11 points in this year’s postseason and notched a game-winner for the Bruins, but Boston ultimately fell to St. Louis in seven games in the Stanley Cup final.
Buffalo posted a 33-39-10 record this past season and scored just 221 goals, which ranked 23rd in the NHL. It hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011, so perhaps Johansson, who has been to the postseason for five consecutive years, can provide some experience and leadership up front.