The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed Tyler Johnson of Spokane, Washington to a seven year contract worth $35 million. The contract will allow Johnson to remain in Tampa Bay until the 2023-24 National Hockey League regular season unless he is traded.
A 26-year-old centerman, Johnson played in 66 games for the Lightning in the 2016-17 regular season. He had 19 goals and 26 assists for 45 points with 28 penalty minutes and was a minus-5. Also last season he had six power play goals, three game winning goals, 17 power play points, 130 shots on net, 583 faceoff wins, 46 hits, 30 blocked shots, 26 takeaways and 32 giveaways.
There might be a couple of areas of concern for the Lightning. First off is that Johnson was a career worst -5 in 2016-17. In his career Johnson is a +58, was a +23 during his rookie season of 2013-14 and was +33 (third best in the NHL) in 2014-15.
The second minor area of concern might be Johnson's decreased offensive production when the Lightning are shorthanded. In his rookie season of 2013-14, Johnson had five shorthanded goals when he finished third in Calder Trophy voting. However since then, Johnson has had zero shorthanded points. The reason why the concern should be minor is because teams should not be expecting their players to score shorthanded goals. It should also be noted that Johnson's five shorthanded goals were tied with Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins for the NHL lead in 2013-14.