Tyler Johnson clears waivers, Lightning salary cap challenges continue

By repealing Tyler Johnson on Friday, the Tampa Bay Lightning hoped to bypass its no-trade clause and get rid of its $ 5 million cap hit. That didn't work as Johnson approved the exemptions on Saturday.
Back to the drawing board for the lightning bolt with the cap.
Tyler Johnson is deleting waivers, so Lightning must find other solutions to the salary cap
TSN's Darren Dreger is among those who report that other NHL teams want the Blitz to give up in exchange for Johnson's $ 5 million cap hit.
You need a "sweetener" like a selection or a view, so to speak. Maybe they have to keep the salary or both.
Johnson, 30, carries the $ 5 million cap through 2023-24. While Johnson can still add to a team, this AAV isn't easy to take. Especially when you're charged like lightning and needing to do things with the potentially expensive RFAs Anthony Cirelli and Mikhail Sergachev (with Erik Cernak also needing a new contract).
Again, Johnson has a no-trade clause, and he's far from having either an NTC or an NMC. From key players like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman to people like Braydon Coburn, this Lightning roster is full of such clauses.
Could Lightning still be trading with Johnson or anyone else?
Maybe there is still a chance to trade with Johnson. Last but not least, his salary structure makes this possible.
His actual salary is $ 3.75 million in 2020-21 versus the maximum of $ 5 million. While this salary increases to $ 5.5 million between 2021 and 22, it drops to $ 3.75 million between 2022 and 23 and to $ 4.75 million between 2023 and 24. Such numbers might make sense for a team looking to hit the salary cap without paying full price.
It sounds like Lightning has to eat part of that salary to get a deal. And given the "all-business" process of putting Tyler Johnson on waivers, it might be more difficult to bring progress on board for certain steps.
Of course there are other ways to move. Some more realistic than trading with Steven Stamkos, but who really knows? Anyway, it looks like other NHL teams aren't making it that easy for the Blitz.
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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk for NBC Sports. Email him at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.
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