Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning's Johnson gets 3-year, $10M deal

Tyler Johnson set a Lightning rookie record with 24 goals this season (and 50 points), flourishing on the top line.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Tyler Johnson set a Lightning rookie record with 24 goals this season (and 50 points), flourishing on the top line.

Lightning rookie center Tyler Johnson's big year got even better Friday.

Johnson, 23, signed a three-year, $10 million contract extension that goes through 2016-17. Johnson, a Calder Trophy finalist for rookie of the year, was set to be a restricted free agent July 1.

"He had an outstanding first year in the league," general manager Steve Yzerman said. "As the year went on, he started to recognize or sense that 'I could play in this league, and I can be effective.' His confidence grew, and he really asserted himself and played well. He just got better and better as the year went on."

Johnson set a club rookie record with 24 goals and finished third among NHL rookies in points (50) while flourishing on the top line. He carried that momentum into the world championship in Belarus, leading the United States with six goals as the Americans were eliminated in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Johnson's agent, Mark MacKay, said negotiations were easy because both sides were high on each other. Johnson — unavailable for comment because he was still in Belarus — is "very happy" with the deal, McKay said.

The Lightning has 14 players scheduled to be restricted free agents, including Ondrej Palat, another Calder Trophy finalist. Palat's agent, Craig Oster, said both sides are interested in a deal but no serious talks have been held.

Hot target: Lightning assistant GM Julien BriseBois is on the Penguins' list of candidates for their vacant general manager job, media reports say. Pittsburgh fired Ray Shero last week. Yzerman declined to confirm whether any team has requested permission to speak to BriseBois. But he said it's "only a matter of time" before BriseBois, 37 and his right-hand man since 2010, gets an opportunity and he would be an "outstanding" general manager.

Suspensions for Ranger, Canadien

Rangers forward Daniel Carcillo was given an automatic 10-game suspension for physical abuse of officials, and Canadiens forward Brandon Prust was suspended two games for a late hit on Rangers forward Derek Stepan that led to Stepan breaking his jaw. Both bans stem from altercations in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday.

Carcillo appeared to twice elbow linesman Scott Driscoll, who was trying to keep him away from a fight, while being escorted to the penalty box.

Prust hit Stepan late after Stepan got rid of the puck in the first. Prust wasn't penalized. The suspension is for the hit's "extreme lateness," almost a full second after Stepan got rid of the puck, the league said. Stepan left the game but returned. Exams later revealed the fracture. Stepan is out indefinitely.

GM of the year: The Canadiens' Marc Bergevin, the Kings' Dean Lombardi and the Ducks' Bob Murray are the award finalists. The winner will be announced June 24.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Conference finals

East

Rangers 2, canadiens 1

Game 1: Rangers 7, Canadiens 2

Game 2: Rangers 3, Canadiens 1

Game 3: Canadiens 3, Rangers 2 OT

Sunday: at New York, 8, NBCSN

Tuesday: at Montreal, 8, NBCSN

Thursday: at New York, 8, NBCSN*

May 31: at Montreal, 8, NBCSN*

West

Blackhawks 1, Kings 1

Game 1: Blackhawks 3, Kings 1

Game 2: Kings 6, Blackhawks 2

Tonight: at Los Angeles, 8, Ch. 8

Monday: at Los Angeles, 9, NBCSN

Wednesday: at Chicago, 8, NBCSN

May 30: at Los Angeles, 9, NBCSN*

June 1: at Chicago, 8, NBCSN*

* if needed

Lightning's Johnson gets 3-year, $10M deal 05/23/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals

    College

    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'

    Blogs

    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.