Tampa Bay Lightning sign forward Ryan Callahan to six-year contract

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Wednesday.

On being signed to a six-year contract with the Lightning, Callahan said, "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."


TAMPA, Fla. – Ryan Callahan will call Tampa Bay home for many years to come.

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed the veteran forward to a six-year contract, the team announced Wednesday morning. The deal is worth a reported annual average of $5.8 million with a partial no-trade clause.

"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 said in a statement. "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."

Callahan, 29, made noticeable contributions after his late arrival to the Lightning last season. He had six goals and 11 points to go with a plus-4 rating in 20 regular-season games with Tampa Bay after he was acquired in the March 5 trade that sent former Lightning captain Marty St. Louis to the New York Rangers. Because Callahan has re-signed with Tampa Bay, the Rangers receive the Lightning's second-round pick in 2015. The Lightning also receive an additional seventh-round selection in 2015

In a short time, Callahan was praised for his gritty, physical style of play – something the Lightning had lacked throughout much of their run in clinching just their second playoff berth in seven years. In addition to his time with the Lightning, Callahan, a former New York captain, had 11 goals and 25 points in 45 games with the Rangers last season.

"He's proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team," Steve Yzerman, the Lightning’s vice president and general manager said in a statement.

A native of Rochester, New York, Callahan has appeared in 470 career NHL games since making his debut in the league with the Rangers in the 2006-07 season. He has 138 goals, 127 assists and a career plus-2 rating. In 63 career Stanley Cup playoff games, he has 14 goals and 24 points.

Callahan was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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