Apr 18, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) battles for the puck with Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Deal with Ryan Callahan called Imminent

So, I wake up this morning, after watching the NHL Awards show last night, disappointed in the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightning got shut out of all the awards they could have won.  Not in a great mood until I get that first cup of coffee anyway, I fire up the laptop to see what happened in the seven hours I was in slumberland.  Thoughts of Ryan Callahan have been in my head the last few days.  Hoping the deal to lock him up is getting done.  So, I scan the world wide web. Sports edition.

Some dude bit another dude in the World Cup.  I imagine what a hockey player would do to another if any biting ever took place.  I laugh at the thought.  I visit site after site then I come across a report that says a deal by the Tampa Bay Lightning to re-sign Ryan Callahan, long term is “imminent”.

Half asleep, I check out the definition of imminent.  Yes, it means what I think it means.  I scan the interweb for another report.  I want to make sure that this is really going to happen.

I know that there are detractors who believe re-signing Ryan Callahan is not a great move for the Lightning.  There are those who say it cost too much for a guy who doesn’t score as much.  Hogwash.  Steve Yzerman isn’t re-signing Cally for his offensive output.  Yzerman has put together a team of fast, quick but small players.  These youngsters, like Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn are fast and can make plays that score.

We have Steven Stamkos, arguably the best player in the league.  Richard Panik, J.T. Brown and should see Jonathan Drouin this fall.  What we need is the lunch pail guy.  We need a guy that will dig out the puck in the corners.  We need a guy that will stand in front of the net with a 100 MPH puck coming his way.  That, my friends, is Ryan Callahan.

If we didn’t learn anything from the Stanley Cup winning, Los Angeles Kings, we should have learned that it takes 2 way players to win in the NHL today.  Offense is great, Chicago has a great offense.  But you need to play defense as well.  You need to hit the other guys so that they think twice about setting up shop in front of Ben Bishop.

Yeah, I am on record as saying the Lightning needed to re-sign Ryan Callahan and it looks like they will announce this soon.  I am also on record as saying they need to buy out Ryan Malone.  So, as I scan my computer, I see that a compliance buyout for Ryan Malone is in the process.  Wow, I am two for two.

You will have to excuse me now, I am going to buy a lottery ticket.  They say good things come in three.





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