LeBrun on trade interest in Devils’ Johansson

Much of the trade market may be waiting to break with higher-end guys in play, but Marcus Johansson is still drawing a fair bit of attention across the league.

Pierre LeBrun had a Tuesday morning radio hit on Vancouver’s TSN 1040, and was asked what he’s hearing on the pending unrestricted free agent forward for the New Jersey Devils.

“A lot of traction, a lot of interest,” said LeBrun. “Ray Shero is getting a ton of calls on him, I think in part because I think there are teams who wanted to get in on that because he’s sort of on that secondary list.

“But the Devils really like him, and I think even if they dealt him - which seems likely because he’s UFA - I think they have interest in talking to him again after the year. I think they really like the way that he’s been an example for their young guys, like Hischier.

“My understanding is Ray Shero is not just going to move Marcus Johansson because he’s a pending UFA and that’s what you’ve got to do at this time of year. Someone has to step up because they really like what he brings to that team, even if it’s a lost season.

“I do think he ends up moving him, but I think it’s important to note that this isn’t like, ‘Give me a fourth-round pick and he’s yours.’ I think teams are going to have to step up for this guy, who’s finally healthy and looking like the 20-goal scorer he was when he was in Washington.”

Johansson is in the final season of a three-year, $13.75 million contract, which contains a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix five destinations.

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