The Tampa Bay Lightning announced on Wednesday what was long-rumored—they’ve signed right winger Ryan Callahan to a contract extension.
According to ESPN.com, the Lightning and Callahan agreed to terms on a six-year extension and sources told ESPN that the deal is for a total of $34.8 million—an average of $5.8 million per season—and also includes a full no-trade clause for the first four seasons and he can submit a partial list for the final two.
ESPN reports that the deal breaks out year-by-year like this: Callahan will receive $6 million next season, $6.4 million in 2015-16, $6.5 million in 2016-18 and $4.7 million in the final two seasons of the deal.
Keeping Callahan was vital for the Lightning after trading star froward Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for Callahan and two first-round draft picks at the trade deadline.
“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 press 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.”
Callahan scored 17 goals and had 19 assists last season, and the 28-year-old winger had six goals and five assists in 20 games for the Lightning alone.
The Rochester, New York native has played in 470 career NHL games with the Lightning and Rangers, putting together 138 goals, 127 assists and has a career plus-2 rating.
Tampa Bay was ousted by the Montreal Canadiens in four games in the first round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs.