Blackhawks Acquire Tyler Johnson From Lightning

The Brent Seabrook Era has already come to a close. Now, his contract is off the Blackhawks’ books.

On Tuesday night, the Hawks sent Seabrook’s contract to the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning for forward Tyler Johnson and a second-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Johnson, who turns 31 on Thursday, has three years remaining on his contract with a $5 million cap hit. That’s $1.875 million lower than the final three years of Seabrook’s contract, which the Bolts will leverage on LTIR to make another season work financially.

How and where Johnson fits in the Blackhawks’ lineup will be interesting; his production has fallen off dramatically over the past two years but his contract is another significant cap commitment.

In 55 regular season games last year, Johnson had eight goals and 14 assists. He added four goals and three assists in 23 playoff games helping Tampa to its second consecutive Stanley Cup championship. He averaged 13:40 per game during the 2021 regular season.

Over 589 career regular season games, the undrafted Johnson has scored 161 goals with 200 assists.

This addition coming on the heels of the Blackhawks acquiring (with some question) veteran netminder Marc-André Fleury and giving Seth Jones the bag indicates the Hawks have put their “rebuild” on hold and are going for it at least this season.

16 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Tyler Johnson From Lightning

  • July 27, 2021 at 11:37 pm

    Meh, at least we are getting something with that Cap space. Leave it to TB to figure out how to use the ltir.

  • July 28, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Richie would have been a better choice!!

  • July 28, 2021 at 3:17 am

    I do not get this move at all.

  • July 28, 2021 at 4:47 am

    Maybe they let Kampf walk and Johnson is the 4C – the role he played very well for TB which would explain not giving Kampf a QO

  • July 28, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Interesting move to give cap space and it will help with is 54% win on FO .
    He can give 12 minutes per game. With a change of scenery this guy can get 15-20 goals / year for next 2 years plus he can give us a second round pick at TDL .
    Good move also for the kids we have .
    Now I wonder about Kamp .
    I like that trade.

  • July 28, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Would Toews accept to move with Kraken at 33 y/o ? And become their first Captain?
    He would be closer to is family and friends, fresh start ,for 2 or more years ..his choice.
    That would be a great move to help the Hawks also …. one stone 2 hits.

  • July 28, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Another Head scratcher
    Moves- make Hawks a legit PO team- But Still NOT top 8

    Pius Suter- is really similar- type player/ but younger/ and trending UP not Down
    at half the cost or less. Don’t get it.

    Fleury- I can really see as “mentor” for young goalies… And Huge trade asset -cuz there is always 1 or 2 Legit SC teams around TDL- that have a sudden Goalie issue.

    Just like Seth Jones- I like Tyler J. – but timing for all of this seems off.
    Still too many Holes in this roster-today- to be real SC contender.

    I need someone w Time and “cap analysis” to help me see Stan’s plan!!!
    Ian – Tab where is this going?

    Does SB still have space to get 2 more “difference makers”???

    Imo- still need 2 more really good players- I am talking in the “Hammer/Oduya/Bolland/Frolik–Quality range” or better.

    It can be 1 D/1F or 2 D or 2 Forwards-
    I wonder who in the Hawk’s system they really Like and think is Ready next year to make significant addition to Team this year.

    I really like Altybarmakyan as a possible Forward- to step up

    D side- I think Hawks – slow played Beaudin- In small sample size I think they saw what I saw- Beaudin was better/smarter PMD over Boqvist ( and much less likely to get hurt)- But Beaudin still needs to mature in D zone so don’t know if he is ready.

  • July 28, 2021 at 6:56 am

    How about doing the same thing with Andrew Shaw contract today with trading a few dead weights ?
    I think It will be a big day today .
    And a few weeks to make this team a good team for the next season’s.specially iff they can get Fleury to come play with a team who wants him.
    Vegas didn’t want him in the past 2 years .
    He has a team now if he wants .

  • July 28, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Wrap can see Johnston get the opportunity to slot between 12 and 88, where Suter was last year where the 2 wingers enjoyed offensive success with him.

    Easy to see Shaws hit moved, as said before this cap freeze has created a new market, with teams getting creative to increase their space vs budget teams before. Maybe Strome as a sweetener or something, that creates another 6.9m in cap space.

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:16 am

    More Cap space and 55% face off win .
    Plus possible move at tdl
    That’s about it to help the team

  • July 28, 2021 at 8:57 am

    @Hawks 2010. Yeah I guess but if we keep acquiring players to flip them at the TDL then it all reverts back to our team not really being that good in the first. StanBo’s between a rock and a hard place. We are rebuilding but not really now until we decide were not really that good so then we will be rebuilding again?? This is the message StanBo is sending now.

  • July 28, 2021 at 10:58 am

    I have no problem if Tyler J gets moved today or in very near future and never plays a minute for the Hawks.

    Flip him for other assets works for me. He’s not gonna be part of the next core anyway. Firmly believe developing Suter would be smarter, just not an immediate impact of Johnson.

  • July 28, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Dach Toews Kubalik (TDK the video)
    DCat Johnson Kane (calling it the Water Spiders line)
    Hagel Guadette Hardman (HGH line)
    Kurashev Borgstrom Entwistle

    Missed out on Wennberg Montour and Bear

  • July 28, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Yea looks like Bowman was watching he movie ‘the draft’ Costner.

    Keep for a little while then turn into 1sts at tradeline.

  • July 28, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    I hope that the moves they made make the blackhawks a better team. Better than last year but I wounder if flurery will play for hawks or retire????

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