Tampa Bay Lightning Re-sign Forward Tyler Johnson For Seven Years

Tampa Bay Lightning Re-sign Forward Tyler Johnson For Seven Years

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Tampa Bay Lightning Re-sign Forward Tyler Johnson For Seven Years

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Tyler Johnson to a seven-year contract worth an AAV of $5 million.

According to Darren Dreger: The contract breakdown is $5 million, $6.75 million, $5.5 million, $3.75 million, $5.5 million, $3.75 million and $4.75 million while including a no-trade clause and a limited no-trade clause (20 teams) at the end of the contract.

Here’s the release from the team:

Johnson, 26, skated in 66 games with the Lightning during the 2016-17 season, recording 19 goals and 45 points to go along with 28 penalty minutes. He ranked tied for third on the Lightning for goals and fifth for points. Johnson also ranked third on the Bolts for power-play goals with six and was tied for fifth with three game-winning tallies. Johnson’s 18:49 average time on ice last season ranked third among all Lightning forwards. He also led the Lightning for face-off wins (583) and face-offs taken (1,122).

The Spokane, Washington native has appeared in 308 career NHL games, all with Tampa Bay over the past five seasons, collecting 89 goals and 211 points to go along with 102 penalty minutes. Johnson has also appeared in 47 career NHL postseason games, registering 21 goals and 42 points. He led all skaters during the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs for goals (13) and was tied for first with Patrick Kane for points with 23 points, as the Lightning made their franchise’s second Stanley Cup Final appearance.

Johnson was named to the NHL All-Star Game for the first time in his career during the 2014-15 season, but missed the game due to injury. He was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie. Johnson posted 24 goals and 50 points in 82 games during his first full season in the NHL. He was also a member of the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League when they won the Calder Cup in 2012. Johnson was awarded the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL’s Most Valuable Player for the 2012-13 season, as well as being named to the AHL’s 2012-13 First All-Star Team.

Johnson was originally signed as a free agent by the Lightning on March 7, 2011.

GM Steve Yzerman on Johnson: “He’s one of our core players. He’s in the prime of his career, and we’re pleased to lock him up for a significant period of time.”

“I think we have a group that’s able to do that (Win a Stanley Cup), and that’s one of the big reasons why I wanted to stay here because I really feel this is the best opportunity to win a Cup,” said Johnson.

This is a good signing by Yzerman. The length is a little long but the AAV is right. Barring lengthy injuries, this contract will continue to look good.

You can read Erik Erlendsson’s (The Lightning Insider) interview with Johnson here.

Forward Ondrej Palat is theLightning’s other restricted free agent and he has an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 25.

(Photos/Christine Gunn)

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