Capitals re-sign Kuznetsov, trade Johansson to Devils
The Washington Capitals have been the Presidents' Trophy winners each of the last two seasons and are keeping one of their stars in Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Washington announced Sunday the team had re-signed 25-year-old forward Kuznetsov to an eight-year contract worth $62.4million.
"Evgeny is a premier center in the NHL and we are pleased that he will remain in Washington for at least the next eight years," general manager Brian MacLellan said in a statement.
"It is difficult to find a player of his calibre, who is in his prime and makes his team-mates better. Evgeny plays with a tremendous skill, speed and tenacity needed to win in the NHL."
The Russian scored 19 goals with 40 assists in 82 regular-season games this past season.
A first-round pick of the Caps in the 2010 NHL Draft, Kuznetsov ranks third among players in the 2010 draft class in career assists per game (0.49) and fifth in points per game (0.70).
He led the Capitals with 77 points (20 goals, 57 assists) in 82 games during the 2015-16 season, becoming the first player other than Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom to lead the Capitals in points since 2003-04 (Robert Lang: 74).
The Capitals also traded forward Marcus Johansson to the New Jersey Devils for second- and third-round picks in next year's draft.
Johansson had 58 points (24 goals, 34 assists) in 82 games with the Capitals last season.