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Report: Lightning's Johnson goes unclaimed on waivers

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Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson went unclaimed after surprisingly being placed on waivers Friday, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Johnson was available to be claimed by any team without surrendering an asset. He has four seasons remaining on his current deal at $5 million per.

The Lightning were reportedly unable to facilitate a deal to one of the seven or eight team's on Johnson's trade list before waiving him, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. A deal can still be made at any time.

Tampa Bay is aiming to clear salary as it needs to re-sign restricted free agents Anthony Cirelli, Mikhail Sergachev, and Erik Cernak this offseason.

Johnson, 30, notched 14 goals and 17 assists in 65 games during the regular season, then added four goals and three assists during Tampa Bay's run to the Stanley Cup.

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