(Source TB Times)
Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Wednesday morning that they would be signing forward Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract.
“We are pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension with Ryan,” Yzerman said. “He’s proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team.”
“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. “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.”
The Lightning received Callahan for Martin St. Louis on March 5, 2014 in a trade with the New York Rangers. They also got a conditional second-round pick in 2014 that became a first-round pick after the Rangers made it to the Conference Finals. Following the trade, Callahan played in 20 games with the Lightning where he had six goals, and eleven points. Three of those goals were on the power-play and he finished the season a plus-4 rating.
The twenty-eight year old played in all four Stanley Cup Playoff games with the ‘Bolts, and forty-five games with the Rangers last season. As a Captain with his former team, he had 11 goals and 25 points, as well as 16 penalty minutes.
A native of Rochester, New York, the American represented Team USA at the 2014 and 2010 Winter Olympics. In his NHL career he has skated in 470 NHL games, 63 of those being in a Stanley Cup Playoff. In the regular season he’s had 138 goals, 47 power-play goals, 27 game-winning goals, 127 assists, and a career plus-2 rating. In the post season he has 14 goals, 4 power-play goals, and 24 points.
Ryan Callahan’s Career Statistics