Devils acquire Johnsson, send Anderson to Maple Leafs
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils continued their offseason makeover Saturday by acquiring winger Andreas Johnsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Joey Anderson.
Johnsson, 25, had eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 43 games last season. He is signed for three more years at a salary cap hit of $3.4 million.
“Andreas is a hard-working, competitive forward who can slot up and down the lineup,” Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald said. “The overall versatility of his game will be a great complement to our centermen with his skating, quickness and scoring touch.”
Toronto traded Johnsson to clear much-needed cap space. Anderson, 22, bounced back and forth between New Jersey and its American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton the past two seasons.
Johnsson is the Devils' latest addition after they signed goaltender Corey Crawford to a $7.8 million, two-year deal Friday. They have a new coach in Lindy Ruff and are hoping to build back into a playoff contender after missing the postseason seven of the past eight seasons.
"It’s a team that has a ton of young skill," Crawford said Saturday morning. "They’re up and coming. It’s a team that I’m excited to be a part of.
Johnsson adds to that. The 5-foot-10 Swede has 67 points in 125 career regular-season games.
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