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Yzerman says Lightning would ‘love’ to re-sign Callahan

Apr 1, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT

Ryan Callahan AP

There are plenty of ways to assess the trade that brought Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but one advantage the New York Rangers could boast about was that Martin St. Louis didn’t carry an expiring contract like Callahan. ESPN caught up with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on Tuesday, who indicated that the Bolts would like to rectify that situation.

“Yeah, we’d love to sign him,” said Yzerman. “He’s a good fit, a good person, a good player, has style of play that really complements our group well; he’s fit in really well. So we hope to sign him. But we won’t talk until after the year.”

The Lightning also grabbed a conditional second-rounder (2014) and a first-round pick (2015) in the trade, but they’d still score some points with fans if they retained Callahan, 29, after having to move their 38-year-old former captain.

If you look at things in terms of mere immediate results, things seem to be going much better for Tampa Bay, at least individually speaking.

Callahan scored his sixth goal in his 14th game with the Lightning tonight, giving him 10 points with his new squad (assuming he doesn’t add more on Tuesday):

Meanwhile, St. Louis struggles with a much-publicized slump; he went to New York with 29 goals on the season and has been stuck there for 14 games. It’s not just bad shooting, either, as he only has three assists. He’ll get his latest chance to turn things around as the Rangers ready for a late game against the Vancouver Canucks tonight.

Again, the early returns favor Tampa Bay. This summer’s negotiations might impact which team is ultimately believed to be the “winner” of the big swap, though.

  1. mike0987 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    this will go down as one of sathers worst trades. Callahan and two high picks for a player who said he only wanted to get traded to the rangers.

  2. djshnooks - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Come home, Cally!

    Hockey in Florida blows…come back to Hockey Heaven and Hockeytown USA 2.0!

    You’ll immediately be captain, the highest paid player, and the face of the team.

    Reinhart in 2014…McDavid in 2015.

    Cally in Buffalo 2014…Pat Kane in 2015!

    That’s how you rebuild a hockey team.

    • letsgolightning - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:12 PM

      Is this an April Fools joke?

  3. valoisvipers - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    Stevie must know Callahan’s asking price, so I guess this will happen unless Callahan has somewhere else in mind other than sunny Florida.

  4. georgejarkko - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Playing with Stammer is as good as money in his paycheck. Maybe better.

    • pfhockey - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Only on the pp though.

  5. stakex - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    To be honest, Yzerman is saying what he has to say. Obviously they are going to try to re-sign him, but I don’t see the Lighting giving Callahan the deal he wanted… and I think its pretty clear with how things went with the Rangers he won’t take much less. Only a desperate team will give him the deal he wants, and Tampa isn’t a desperate team.

    • rbbbaron - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:25 AM

      I don’t see Yzerman overpaying either– with the way that their young players are making an impact and finally having some stability in net, this is a team on an upward trajectory. The weather, no state income tax, being able to offer the guy an opportunity to play an integral role (filling a leadership void left by St. Louis) on a competitive club, there’s no apparent reason for Yzerman to pay top dollar over 7-8 yr term or whatever Callahan was reportedly looking for. Any team would love to have Callahan, but few if any are desperate (or dumb?) enough to offer such a contract.

      • pfhockey - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:21 PM

        I feel like if Stevie had to match his value I’d say he’ll pay him nearly 6 mil but an extension at another 1-2 years.

  6. flyboystransport - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Callahan isnt a 6 million a year player. 4.5 yeah

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