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Ryan Callahan Goes On LTIR

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning announced forward Ryan Callahan will be placed on long-term injury reserve with degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Callahan, 34, skated in 52 games with the Lightning during the 2018-19 season, collecting seven goals and 17 points to go along with 14 penalty minutes. The Rochester, New York native has appeared in 757 career NHL games with the Bolts and New York Rangers, recording 186 goals and 386 points.

via Caley Chelios tweet,

BriseBois, "He’s such a proud competitor such a fierce competitor. I know he was planning to not only play out this contract, but sign another contract after that. We had multiple conversations in the second half of the season about his future so that was very sad news for him."


added 6:00pm, Callahan spoke with Btyan Burns of th Lightning website,

Has your back been bothering you for a while or is this something that's popped up since the season ended?
Callahan: "I kind of knew. I've been dealing with some back issues for a couple years now, this year being the worst that it's ever been, obviously missing some games with it, leaving some games with it. I've kind of been battling it all year. Didn't know to what extent and after the season I went and saw a couple specialists and after talking to them, it wasn't easy to hear what they thought was going on and most likely won't be able to play. It was definitely tough to hear that."

What exactly is your injury? Is it something doctors has been able to pinpoint?
Callahan: "Yeah, it's a lower-back injury. It's a degenerative disc disease is what I have, and unfortunately there doesn't even seem to be anything they can do immediately to fix the problem. And that's never easy to hear when you're speaking to a couple doctors and all of them agree on the same thing. Just knowing what I went through this year with the pain of it, dealing with it day to day, kind of not knowing how it was going to react in games, I wouldn't be able to go through another year like that without having something done to it."


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Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

I have that, too. It sucks.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/20/19 at 06:25 PM ET

Alan's avatar

I sure hope this means people will stop suggesting we waste our money by picking him up from Tampa.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 06/20/19 at 08:08 PM ET

PierreC's avatar

I sure hope this means people will stop suggesting we waste our money by picking him up from Tampa.
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    from Atlanta on 06/20/19 at 08:08 PM ET

Totally agree with that. I’m sad for him..but not for the Wings. Don’t want to see him in Detroit like the Rumor said…

Posted by PierreC from Montreal, Canada on 06/20/19 at 09:23 PM ET


Yeah, imagine how bad it would be if Detroit, in the midst of a rebuild, took on a prospect or got another pick for one year of Ryan Callahan.

Fire Yzerman if he turns nothing into something, right?

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 06/21/19 at 10:18 AM ET


The only reason he might have come to Detroit was a salary dump by Tampa where they’d have to give something extra for the Wings to take him. Simply a way for the Wings to use their extra cap space as an asset. Nothing wrong with that. Hell, it could still happen if Tampa is looking for cap space over the summer when LTIR counts against the cap.

Posted by evileye on 06/21/19 at 10:59 AM ET


Posted by evileye on 06/21/19 at 10:59 AM ET

These people are so traumatized by KH’s bad long term contracts that using extra unused cap room (that the wings haven’t had for a while) to get a pick/prospect to bury a bad short term deal is a foreign idea that apparently seems scary.

Posted by MZ2215 on 06/21/19 at 11:17 AM ET

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