Fans and media buzzed Wednesday morning with the Tampa Bay Lightning both announced locking Ryan Callahan to a deal and buying out Ryan Malone.
Maybe not so much the second item.
No matter what team was going to sign Callahan, they were probably going to overpay when looking at this stat sheet. He’s not expected to put up 40 goals, 82 games played is a wish but he keeps his nose clean except when going to the net. Something Malone could have learned.
Callahan’s six-year, $34.8 million deal will carry an annual average value of $5.8 million, reported Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson. Fans balked at the price on Twitter, especially after the Los Angeles Kings said they nailed down Marian Gaborik for a seven-year deal that averages $4.87 million a year. The extra year could skew that average, plus we don’t know the year-to-year structure and any back-diving.
A power forward making bank who’s oft-injured should sound familiar to the Bolts because they just bought that man out. Ryan Malone was signed to a seven-year contract with the Bolts that had an average annual value and cap hit of $4.5 million. The first three years paid Bugsy $6 million (!!!), then $5.5 million, $3 million and ended with $2.5 million for this year and next year.
Obviously the team didn’t get leadership in that package deal. Just a well tanned party boy, it turns out. Really, it’s more horrific seeing that Malone made about the same as Gaborik will in his new deal. It’s all about winning the Cup at the right time to cash in.
What I’m saying is that there is hope that this $5.8 million is worth it if the intangibles can equal out the rest. He clearly wanted to be here, especially because he didn’t even enter the courting period for other teams to contact him, he told the Tampa Bay Times:
“It was really important,” Callahan said. “To have that security — not for me, but for the family and for the kids. Nobody likes to be uprooted and move in the middle of the season.”
That is saying more than that man who he was traded for. I’ll take that deal any day.
- J.T. Brown also gets a deal. Darren Dregger of TSN broke the news on Twitter, and later corrected amount in contract. Darren Dregger | Twitter
- Puck Daddy on Cally: “The money for this kind of forward is going to make some bristle, but he’s an essential ingredient for a winning team. And Tampa’s on the cusp.” Greg Wyshynski | Puck Daddy
- Callahan calls into The Fan in Tampa to discuss his deal. CBS Tampa
- Ryan also reacts in this snippet from the media conference call. Tampa Bay Lightning
- “At this point Dan is going to be open to all options.” That’s Dan Boyle’s agent to the Times. Hey, if he’s only asking for a two-year deal at his age and it fits, take it. But surely there are other options. Joe Smith | Tampa Bay Times
- Yzerman knows that, too. He told the media today that he has talked to UFA defensemen under the new courting window and if he can, he’d like to trade for a young defenseman under contract. Erik Erlendsson | Twitter
- Boyle’s heavy courters now are the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings. Pierre LeBrun | ESPN
- “He will do whatever is asked of him in an effort to rehabilitate himself and his position in the league.” That’s Ryan Malone’s agent to the Times. As much as I mock the situation, he at least has the courage to face his demons. Joe Smith | Tampa Bay Times
- The Lightning were swept, this time at the NHL Awards. The Associated Press
- Just like the playoffs, the voting wasn’t close for the Bolts. At all. Tim Wharmsby | CBC
- “It started with the dress first, and I had to build around that.” Jon Cooper on the red carpet. Tampa Bay Lightning
- Ben Bishop pops one in on Tuukka Rask in bubble hockey, with a play-by-play by Doc Emrick. Tampa Bay Lightning
- All is not lost. Johnson and Palat get All-Rookie honors. NHL
- Former Lightning head coach Rick Tocchet named assistant coach for the Penguins, joining new head coach Mike Johnston. Seth Rorabaugh | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Remember how I said since Mitch Korn is Caps goalie coach, they might have Anders Lindback on their list for back-up? Another reporter thinks so, too. Chuck Gormley | CSN Washington
- Speaking of Caps-Bolts goalies, Olie Kolzig, a St. Petersburg resident, is now on Instagram. Instagram
- And finally, Warrior makes this hockey ad for Martin St. Louis painful by reading “Lightning Quick. Manhattan Tough.” TotalHockey