The Washington Capitals signed Jonas Johansson and Tomas Fleischmann, two of their top prospects, to three-year deals yesterday, hours before the NHL deadline for getting players drafted in 2002 under contract.

Johansson and Fleischmann are expected to add speed and skill. If the NHL season is disrupted by a labor dispute, or if the two do not make Washington's roster, they will spend the season playing for Capitals' minor league affiliate in Portland, Maine. Both are 20.

Johansson, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed right wing, was the centerpiece of the deal that sent Steve Konowalchuk to Colorado in October; Fleischmann, a 6-1, 172-pound left-handed shooting left wing, was acquired from Detroit in the Robert Lang deal.

Johansson (first round, 28th overall) received a signing bonus of $800,000 and salaries of $500,000, $550,000 and $700,000, according to a league official with knowledge of negotiations. Fleischmann (second round, 63rd overall) will be paid between $700,000 and $1 million in total compensation per year. Performance bonuses were included in both deals. Had Washington failed to sign Johansson and Fleischmann prior to yesterday's deadline, the Capitals would have forfeited their rights.

-- Tarik El-Bashir