The Tampa Bay Lightning are almost done with their necessary signings in this off-season, as they were able to lock down forward Tyler Johnson to a long-term extension on Monday, signing the diminutive play-maker to a 7-year, $35 million deal, keeping him in the fold for the foreseeable future.
The 5'8" centre filed for salary arbitration as a restricted free agent this summer, but avoided the process with this long-term deal, that gave him both term and a very reasonable salary for slightly underachieving in the regular season, when you take how well he plays in the playoffs into account.
Injuries in the back half of the 2017 season cost him about 16 games, limiting his season to only 66 games, where he was good enough for 19 goals and 45 points, 113th among all forwards.
In the hockey pool he didn't quite have the high expectations that some may have had on him, as Jeremy had taken him in the 5th round, 101st overall. That was only about two rounds too early, thanks to the injury problems in the latter part of the season, but with a new addition like Chris Kunitz in the fold, not to mention a healthier Steven Stamkos, there should be added chances for offense in the 2018 season.
|Steven Stamkos||8.500||Victor Hedman||7.875||Andrei Vasilevskiy||3.500|
|Ryan Callahan||5.800||Anton Stralman||4.500||Peter Budaj||1.025|
|Tyler Johnson||5.000||Braydon Coburn||3.700|
|Nikita Kucherov||4.767||Dan Girardi||3.000|
|Alex Killorn||4.450||Andrej Sustr||1.950|
|Chris Kunitz||2.000||Mikhail Sergachev||0.894|
|Vladislav Namestnikov||1.938||Slater Koekkoek||0.800|
The Lightning still have to re-sign forward Ondrej Palat and with their current projected 23-man roster above, they have $6.97 million left in cap space underneath the ceiling. I don't foresee Palat taking up all of that extra hit, but he'll be in line for a pretty good chunk of that remaining business, likely similar to the deal that Johnson signed yesterday.