Lightning Strike 6-Year Deal with Callahan

(TAMPA BAY) -- The Tampa Bay Lightning signed winger Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract Wednesday.

The deal is worth $34.8 million and comes with a full no-trade clause for the first four years and a partial one for the final two, according to ESPN.

"We are pleased to announce that we've reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension with Ryan," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. "He's proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team."

The now 29-year-old Callahan was acquired by the Lightning in March through a trade with the New York Rangers.

In 20 games with Tampa Bay last season, Callahan had six goals and five assists.

"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 release. "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."

During his eight NHL seasons, Callahan has played in 470 games scoring 128 goals while dishing out 127 assists.

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