Tampa Bay Lightning sign forward Ryan Callahan to six-year contract
JUN 25, 2014 9:28a ET
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.