BY: John Mamola
The Tampa Bay Lightning locked in forward Ryan Callahan for six seasons with a new contract announced on Wednesday morning. Callahan, acquired from the New York Rangers on March 5th along with a conditional second-round pick in 2014, which became a first-round pick due to New York reaching the Conference Finals, and a first-round selection in 2015 in exchange for Martin St. Louis, played in 20 regular season games with Tampa Bay following the trade. During that time Callahan amassed six goals, three power-play tallies and 11 points to go with a plus-4 rating.
Callahan joined WDAE’s “The Ron and Ian Show” minutes after the deal was announced and said that Tampa was the place he wanted to be all along.
“As soon as I got to Tampa the way the organization, the fans, the guys in the room embraced me and accepted me I knew it was a good spot,” said Callahan. “Playing throughout the two months I was there and seeing how talented the team was and the direction it was going in, it really made me want to be a part of that and made me want to stay in Tampa.”
Callahan did admit he watched his former team in New York in the Stanley Cup Finals and said he has zero hard feeling with the Rangers organization.
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