Mar 13, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan (24) skates with the puck against the Florida Panthers during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Ryan Callahan to Six Year Deal

Ryan Callahan has re-signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a six year deal.

It seems as if the Tampa Bay Lightning have sealed up another one of their free agents prior to the July 1st opening of the Free Agency period.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today that the organization has come to terms with right wing Ryan Callahan on a new six-year deal that will see him in a Lightning jersey through the 2019-2020 season.

Callahan’s deal is worth $34.8 million over the course of the six years, which comes out to roughly $5.8 million per year.

From the looks of things, his contract is loaded in the middle. He’ll receive $6 million next season, then $6.4 million in 2015-16, $6.5 million in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and $4.7 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The 5’11” Rochester, New York native was originally acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 5th along with a conditional second-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft as well as a first–round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft in exchange for former Lightning captain Martin St. Louis.

The conditional second-round pick in 2014 has since turned into a first round pick since the New York Rangers made the Conference Finals in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In a statement to the official Lightning website, Callahan expressed his love of the Tampa Bay area and his excitement to remain a member of the Lightning organization.

“I couldn’t be happier to be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the next six years and I am excited for this new chapter of my career,” Callahan told the site. “Tampa Bay has been a great place to live and play from the day I got there. As soon as the season ended I knew it was a place I wanted to be.”

Last season, Callahan played in 65 games total; 45 with the New York Rangers and 20 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. In his time with the Lightning, he scored 6 goals and 5 assists for a total of 11 points to go with his plus-4 rating.

Between the two teams, he earned 17 goals and 19 assists for a grand total of 36 points with a plus-1 rating.

The 29 year old forward has been one of the most talked about players ever since arriving in Tampa. Beyond the fact that Cally hit the ice flying as soon as he arrived in Tampa, people were left to wonder whether or not Callahan would be a member of the Lightning organization in the coming season.

Thankfully, Yzerman was able to orchestrate a deal, which unfortunately involved executing our final compliance buyout on left wing Ryan Malone, which will see Callahan in Lightning blue for a very long time.

There are still plenty of Free Agents that need to be re-signed before the Free Agency period begins, but after signing Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, and now Ryan Callahan, I would say that the Bolts are off to a pretty good start.

What are your thoughts on Callahan’s new deal? Do you think Yzerman hit the nail on the head, or are you slightly worried about the amount of money the team has given the young winger? What do you think Callahan will bring to the table next season for the Tampa Bay Lightning? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

 

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