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Johnny Be Good … For At Least 7 More Years
By Monika Cook
Tampa Bay Lightning fans have long awaited the signing of some of their key players during the 2017 offseason. One player, in particular, Tyler Johnson, inked his new contract deal on Monday, causing Bolts Nation to relax slightly.
Johnson, a 26-year-old from Washington, went undrafted in the 2008 draft due to his size, only to be picked up by the Lightning on an entry-level contract in 2011. Starting in the AHL in Norfolk, he played 75 games-totaling 31 goals, 37 assists for the 2011-12 year. He then went on to play in Syracuse the next year for 62 games with 37 goals and 28 assists before being called up to the big leagues. Since the call-up, Johnson has spent the last 4 years with the Lightning, with a total of 308 games, 89 goals & 122 assists, making him one of the key players for the Lightning team.
Fans can breathe a sigh of relief finally, knowing that ‘Johnny Be Good’ is here to stay for the next 7 years. Johnson’s contract comes in at a total of $35M for 7 years, an AAV of $5M a year. Also included in the deal is a no trade clause from 2018-21 and the last 3 years consisting of a deal modified NTC 20 team trade list. With the contract signing, fans now only have to anticipate the deal of Ondrej Palat, one of Johnson’s linemates that make up the very well known ‘Triplets’.
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July 11th, 2017