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Report: Marcus Johansson Asking for $5.25 million in Arbitration

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According to Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman, the Capitals have offered forward Marcus Johansson $3.85 million in arbitration, and the 25-year-old Johansson has requested a salary of $5.25 million.

Last season when Johansson played on an arbitrated one-year, $3.75 million deal after he asked for $4.75 million.

If needed, Johansson and the team will see a judge in Toronto on Wednesday for a hearing in which the arbitrator will hear both sides' argument and make a ruling. From there, if the Caps reject the arbitrator's decision, Johansson would immediately become an unrestricted free agent. It's worth mentioning that these offers aren't much more than a negotiation tactic, and both sides can talk up until the hearing.

For more on Johansson's production numbers last year, check out our detailed wrap from May.

What do you think? As a potential third-liner but a valuable penalty kill contributor, is Johansson worth closer to his ask or the team's offer?