05 Jan 2018 03:43:04
TBL: Tyler Johnson (5mil), Libor Hajek, Adam Erne, 2018 1st round pick, and 2020 2nd round pick

VGK: David Perron (3.75 mil), Erik Haula (2.75 mil), and 2019 3rd round pick.

Why Tampa does this: Johnson's contract is really going to hurt Tampa considering the fact that Point is playing unreal and supplanted Johnson as the 2nd line centre with Johnson on RW. Perron has actually outscored Johnson in less games (31 points in 32 games vs 29 points in 38 games) and is on the last year of his deal. Haula gives this team a 3rd line centre that they could really use, and Haula has been fantastic this season (27 points) with 3 years left at a reasonable price of 2.75 mil.

Why Vegas does it: Yes the team recently resigned Haula but I believe this could be good for the Knights as they get a good player for the future in Johnson who can play centre or wing and has a lot of term left on his deal. He can be a permanant piece of this team's future and can be good veteran and a fan favourite as he is pretty popular among Lightning fans (or at least was) . Hajek is a good two way d-man that Tampa had traded up for to get. He's a great skater with solid size and physicality and his offence hasn't improved this season in the WHL. Adam Erne seems like he can be a 3rd or 4th line winger in the future, but for a young team like the Knights adding a lot of prospects and picks along with great veteran leadership can never hurt.

1.) 05 Jan 2018
05 Jan 2018 09:33:48
Why would TB do this? Does not really make sense for me. Johnson is performing pretty good for his current price tag. 5m for a good two-way player putting up ~0.8 points per game after a slow start seems fair to me. So he is a worthy piece of his own, especially for a franchise like Vegas that needs skill (I know they've been doing great so far, but they are still not a very skilled team) . So there's really no reason at all to treat Johnson like a cap dump and add so many pieces to this deal. A quality D prospect currently excelling for the Czechs at the WJC, a solid middle 6 winger in Erne and a 1st and a 2nd? Geez.

2.) 05 Jan 2018
05 Jan 2018 17:15:34
Ya that's way too much from Tampa. Why treat Johnson like a dump? Given current cap situation they're fine if cap increases like projected and if they decide to move Johnson before NTC kicks in i think they'll be able to get value for him not add big pieces just to dump the deal. Johnsons deal looking like less of an issue than when he signed want to get tampa to give assets for a dump were talking Callahan and Killorn.