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    Marcus Johansson liked what Buffalo had to offer

    The new Sabres forward says he is willing to play wherever he is needed

    The Buffalo Sabres made their first big splash in free agency on Saturday with the signing of forward Marcus Johansson.

    The 28-year-old is coming off a season where he spent the first 48 games of the regular season with the New Jersey Devils before being traded to the Boston Bruins before the NHL Trade Deadline. After 10 regular season games with the Bruins, he went on to play in 22 playoff games where he was a key depth piece to help Boston earn their place in the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues.

    After going the first six days of free agency unsigned, he ended up choosing to sign a two-year deal with the Sabres.

    "I think with talking to [head coach] Ralph [Krueger] and [general manager] Jason [Botterill], I like what Buffalo has going," Johansson said to the Buffalo media on Monday via a conference call. "I think talking to Ralph, he has some really good ideas on how to play, and it's a really young and exciting team I'm looking forward to it, and once I came down to it, I was really happy that I ended up going to Buffalo."

    Johansson was drafted in the first round (24th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Washington Capitals out of Sweden as a center. In his first couple of seasons in the NHL, Johansson played center but eventually moved over to the left wing, where he has played most of his hockey since.

    The Sabres are already stock-piled with left wing talent in players like Jeff Skinner, Jimmy Vesey, Victor Olofsson, Conor Sheary, Evan Rodrigues, Scott Wilson and C.J. Smith.

    "I played center when I came over from Sweden, and then I think my first year or two in Washington I was a center. A few years ago, we had some injuries in Washington and I played center, but mostly it's been left wing since I came over here. I started my career playing center, and I've jump in a few times after that."

    In his nine-year career in the NHL, Johansson has put up 334 points (120+214) in 588 games with the Capitals, Devils and Bruins. He is a playmaking forward that is known for driving play up the ice and into the offensive zone, as well as being a power play specialist.

    pretty solid player. good get
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    Marcus Johansson liked what Buffalo had to offer

    First time trying the challenge. We shall see how this goes. I was going to do it last time but I just couldnt bring myself to play as the leafs.

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