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Lightning strikes for Spokane’s Tyler Johnson: 7 years, $35 million

UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Former Spokane Chiefs standout Tyler Johnson, a graduate of Central Valley High, has a 7-year, $35 million deal to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)
Former Spokane Chiefs standout Tyler Johnson, a graduate of Central Valley High, has a 7-year, $35 million deal to remain with the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Alex Gallardo / Associated Press)
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TAMPA, Fla. – Tyler Johnson is staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The free-agent forward signed a new seven-year, $35 million deal to remain with the Lightning, general manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday.

The 26-year-old Johnson, a former Spokane Chiefs standout and graduate of Central Valley High, had 19 goals and 26 assists in 66 games last season. He was tied for third on the Lightning in goals and power-play goals (six), and fifth with 45 points.

“I’m super excited with how it worked out,” Johnson told the Tampa Bay Times. “I wanted to be back in Tampa and they wanted me.”

“He’s one of our core players,” Yzerman told the Times. “He’s in the prime of his career, and we’re pleased to lock him up for a significant period of time.”

Overall, Johnson has totaled 89 goals, 122 assists and 102 penalty minutes in 308 career games over five seasons, all with Tampa Bay. He also has 21 goals and 21 assists in 47 career playoff games.

The Lightning missed the playoffs last season after reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2015 and the Eastern Conference finals in 2016.

Johnson played for the 2008 Memorial Cup champion Spokane Chiefs. He is one of two Spokane-area natives in the NHL, along with Derek Ryan (Shadle Park) of the Carolina Hurricanes. Also, Kailer Yamamoto (Mead) was a first-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers in last month’s NHL draft.

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