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Ryan Callahan has signed a new contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning that comes in at $34.8M over six years.

The former New York Rangers captain was dealt to Tampa at the trade deadline after failing to come to terms on a new contract. The two way forward didn’t have a fantastic season, however, posting only 11 points in 20 regular-season for the Lightning to bring his season total to 36 points in 65 games.

“We are pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement on a six-year contract extension with Ryan,” vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said in a press release. “He’s proven to be a fierce competitor and outstanding leader who fits very well with our team.”

As a result of the deal, Tampa will send a second-round draft pick to the Rangers as part of a condition on the deal.

In other Lightning news, the Lightning have used their second, and final, compliance buy-out on Ryan Malone. The declining forward was once a 20 goal scorer, got into trouble off the ice this past season, arrested for cocaine possession and driving under the influence. At 35, there isn’t much to expect out of him at this point.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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