Tyler Johnson clears waivers, opens up opportunity for Detroit Red Wings

Tampa Bay Lightning C Tyler Johnson was unexpectedly placed on waivers on Friday and many believed it would be the Detroit Red Wings who would end up claiming him by Saturday at noon.


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Well, high noon has come and gone and Johnson was not claimed by Red Wings GM, Steve Yzerman. In fact, no team put in a claim for the Stanley Cup Champion.

But according to Brad Krysko of the Winged Wheel Podcast, Johnson clearing waivers opens up another opportunity for the Red Wings.

Krysko notes that Tampa clearly wants to unload Johnson's contract but the fact that he cleared waivers just means they were not able to do that for free. The Lightning will still be trying to unload Johnson's contract but they will have to give up a “sweetner” for a team to bite.

Could that team be the Detroit Red Wings? Should it be?

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  1. I’d like to see Redwings do what they did for the Staal trade but worth way more since its 4 years.
    Detroit Sends 2021 5th Round Pick to Tampa for:
    Tyler Johnson (1.5m retained salary)
    2021 1st Round Pick
    2021 7th Round Pick (they have 3)

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