Tyler Johnson has won at nearly every level of competition he’s ever played.
With Spokane he won a Memorial Cup. With Team USA he won gold at the 2010 World Juniors. In the American Hockey League, he own a Calder Cup.
In hockey circles, the former undrafted center is, by definition, a winner.
Now, he hopes to capture the one elusive trophy he has yet to add to the mantle – a Stanley Cup.
Should that happen, he’s almost assured to do that in Tampa after Johnson signed a new seven-year contract on Monday worth $35 million, carrying an annual salary cap hit of $5 million. By signing a new deal, the restricted free agent avoids an arbitration hearing.
The contract pays Johnson, by year - $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 toward the tail end of the deal, according to Darren Dreger.
After signing the new deal, Johnson spoke with Lightning Insider on what the new deal means, how bad he wants to win a championship for the fans and what he’s altered to in his training that has him feeling more energized and “transformed’’ his body heading toward training camp.
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