Kraken and GM Francis ink the best free agent forward left on the market!

The team has confirmed!


The free agent market has been open for more than a week and so the best and most coveted players out there have already found a team. On Friday, one of the best free agents per insider Frank Seravalli left on the market finally signed a contract. 

That is Marcus Johansson, who inked a one-year contract with the Seattle Kraken on Friday. This deal comes at an annual value of $1,5 million. 

His name now gets removed from the list of the best available free-agent players that Seravalli of the Daily Face-off has put together this offseason. That's because we are growing more and more convinced that Kyle Palmieri has already come to an agreement with the New York Islanders, according to reliable information circulating since the end of last week. 

Johansson is 30 years old. He played 36 games with the Minnesota Wild during the 2020-21 season, scoring six goals and adding eight assists. This is what we can read on him on with the announcement of his signing in Seattle: 

"Johansson's postseason success is not to be overlooked-and Kraken fans have to love their GM talking playoffs in any context.
The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Johansson set career highs during Boston's run to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, highlighted by scoring the game-winning goal in Game 7 of a first-round matchup with rival Toronto.
His 2019 playoff stat line: four goals, 11 assists and nearly 54 percent faceoff wins over 22 games. Bruins fans remember fondly Johansson's chemistry with linemate Charlie Coyle that spring.
Johansson was selected 24th overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He played one more year in his Swedish homeland's professional league before making the Capitals roster for the 2010-11 season. His rookie year featured 13 goals and 14 assists in 69 NHL games."

Throughout his 684-NHL game career, he has tallied 135 goals and 378 points with the Wild, Washington Capitals, New Jersey Devils, Buffalo Sabres and Boston Bruins.

The list is getting shorter and shorter…