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Lightning and Callahan agree to six-year, $34.8M deal

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TSN.ca Staff
6/25/2014 10:49:36 AM
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The Tampa Bay Lightning and pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Callahan have agreed to a six-year deal.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports that the deal will average $5.8 million a season and also carry a full no-trade clause in the first four years of the deal, and then is a limited no trade clause in the final two years.

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

Callahan was sent to the Lightning from the New York Rangers at the trade deadline on March 5 for Martin St. Louis.

“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.”

In 20 games with the Lightning, Callahan amassed six goals and five assists, but was kept off of the scoresheet in the playoffs where the Lightning were swept in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens.

Callahan, 29, just finished the final season of a three-year deal worth $12.85 million. The native of Rochester, New York was reportedly seeking a seven-year, $49 million deal from the Rangers prior to the trade.

Ryan Callahan (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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