NHL Rumors: Tyler Johnson Linked To Central Division Team

Tyler Johnson, a back-to-back Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020 and 2021, remains one of the biggest names remaining on the free-agent market. 

Over the past three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks, Johnson’s profile declined slightly while playing for the rebuilding franchise. 

Despite this, he remained a decent contributor when healthy, recording 32 goals and 38 assists for 70 total points across 149 games played during his time in Chicago.

At 33 years old and coming off a seven-year, $35 million contract, Johnson isn't expected to command a significant payday, Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report. However, his recent production and extensive postseason experience have made him an attractive option for playoff contenders.

Among the interested teams, the Colorado Avalanche have emerged as a potential landing spot for Johnson, according to Knox. 

The Avalanche could benefit from Johnson’s veteran presence and clutch playoff performance. Signing with Colorado would provide Johnson with another opportunity to chase a championship while offering the Avalanche valuable depth and experience down the middle. 

Over his 12-year career, Johnson has recorded 193 goals and 238 assists for 431 total points across 738 games played.

This move could be mutually beneficial, aligning with Johnson’s desire to join a playoff contender and enhancing Colorado’s roster for another deep playoff run.

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