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Marcus Johansson, Capitals $1.4 million apart: report

Arbitration hearing for Washington forward scheduled for Wednesday @NHL

Forward Marcus Johansson and the Washington Capitals are $1.4 million apart in their arbitraion offers, Sportsnet reported Monday.

Johansson, a restricted free agent, is asking for $5.25 million this season and the Capitals are offering $3.85 million, reporter Elliotte Friedman said.

Johansson's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.

Agent J.P. Barry told the Washington Post this week that attempts to reach a multiyear agreement have been unsuccessful.

"We really haven't been successful on any attempts of sort of a longer-term negotiation," Barry said. "It could be just be the cap and different views of what's going. So, then, obviously, we have to turn around and deal with our arbitration case."

Johansson, 25, had 17 goals and 29 assists in 74 games last season, and two goals and five assists in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He has 232 points (78 goals, 154 assists) in 419 NHL games, all with the Capitals. Johansson was Washington's first-round pick (No. 24) at the 2009 NHL Draft.

"He has decent stats that, you know, would favor a certain number, and we have a value that we put on him," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan told the Post earlier this month. "It's just coming together on that number."

After the 2014-15 season, Johansson went to arbitration. He asked for $4.75 million and the Capitals countered with $3 million. He was awarded $3.75 million.

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