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Tyler Johnson traded to Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Tyler Johnson and a 2023 second-round pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Brent Seabrook.

Seabrook isn't expected to play again, so the Lightning are just taking on his contract, which they can put on the long-term injured reserve list. In other words, Tampa Bay is clearing up Johnson's $5 million annual in cap space and giving the Blackhawks a second rounder as compensation.


Although Johnson clearly didn't have much trade value with his contract, that shouldn't be confused with him not having value on the ice. While Johnson has declined from his height, he can still be an effective middle-six forward and secondary scorer. He had eight goals and 22 points in 55 contests last season.

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Good luck and many thanks to Tyler Johnson who spent his entire NHL career with the Lightning up until now.

Guy was a good soldier, versatile, never complained and just went about his business.
Lightning took a chance on him as an undrafted free agent and I think they got everything they possibly could out of him, including two Cups.

I bet if it weren't for the salary cap, the Bolts would have been more than fine with keeping him on.
As things stand, his offense HAS slipped the last few years, but to be fair, he still offers a good enough skillset that should fit the Blackhawks' needs in a middle six capacity just fine.

Chicago plays a bit more wide open than the Lightning AND they will probably use him more at center, his preference, and he might see a bit of rejuvenation in his numbers playing in those roles.
Johnson has slowly learned how to play much better away from the puck too, so that should help his all around game with the Hawks as well.

Very appreciative to have had TyJo as not only part of two SC winning teams with the Lightning, but he was also a big part of that crazy, crazy good Norfolk Admirals team (the former AHL affiliate of the Bolts) that won the Calder Cup.

He will forever be a "Triplet"! 

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