Lightning sign rookie Tyler Johnson to 3-year deal

TAMPA, Florida (AP) - The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed center Tyler Johnson to a three-year contract.

The team announced the news Friday.

Johnson and teammate Ondrej Palat are finalists for the NHL's top rookie award. They're joined by Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche in the running for the Calder Trophy.

Johnson had a rookie team-record 24 goals and tied with MacKinnon for the NHL lead among rookies. Johnson also had 26 assists and finished plus-23 for the season. He played on the Lightning #1 line most of the season.


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