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Tyler Johnson signs three-year extension with Lightning

By Brian Stubits | CBSSports.com

Tyler Johnson is one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy. (Getty Images)
Tyler Johnson is one of three finalists for the Calder Trophy. (Getty Images)

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It's already been a big offseason for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson. He was named a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year, played for Team USA at the World Championships and then on Friday he signed a new contract with the Lightning.

Johnson, who was about to become a restricted free agent this summer, has re-upped for three more seasons with the Lightning. According to Kevin Allen, the deal is for $10 million, or an average annual salary of $3.33 million.

Johnson was an unsigned free agent out of the WHL where he played for his hometown team, the Spokane Chiefs. In his four seasons with the Chiefs, the 5'9 player amassed 282 points in 266 games, enough to earn him a shot with the Lightning.

After working his way up through the system, Johnson became a regular for the Lightning this past season and played all 82 games. He finished with 24 goals and 50 points total with a plus-23 mark. Impressively, five of his goals came short-handed.

If Johnson continues to produce at that level, let alone grow into something more, that's an awfully great looking deal for the Lightning right now. A large knock on Johnson always was his lack of size but it didn't deter him in his rookie season.

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