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Quick Strikes: Ryan Callahan seems resigned to the idea that his time in Tampa is likely over

Cally seems the most likely player to be moved to make room for Brayden Point’s new contact

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The Lightning

-Joe Smith recently caught up with Ryan Callahan as rumors about a trade start to swirl (pay-walled).

It’s one thing to accept being part of a forward rotation for the league’s top team. But for the 34-year-old, veteran wing — a former Rangers captain — to be a regular healthy scratch, it sent another big-picture signal.

Callahan realized that with a diminished role and a $5.8 million salary cap hit in 2019-20 he was probably in his final months in a Lightning sweater.

“Obviously there’s a salary cap crunch, and it doesn’t take a scientist to figure out right now I’m on the outside looking in,” Callahan told The Athletic. “Whatever happens, happens. But I was really happy with how I finished the year.”

-Yesterday brought the newest update from Worlds, where seven Lightning players continue to do well. After we posted, Anthony Cirelli picked up an assist in Canada’s 3-1 win over Slovakia.

-Don’t forget to vote for Andrei Vasilevskiy and Louis Domingue in the NHL Fan Choice Awards! Domingue was the subject of our player grades yesterday:

Whatever happens after next season, Domingue’s time in Tampa has gone as well as anyone could have hoped after the trade. He starred in the AHL. He moved up to the NHL and played well enough to stick. He shined in his opportunity when Vasilevskiy was hurt. And as the season progressed, he found new ways to help the team and engage with the fans even when he wasn’t playing.

-Thanks to the Lightning, the City of Oldsmar will have a new outdoor street hockey rink!

The Crunch

-The Syracuse Crunch is hosting an equipment sale tomorrow night at the War Memorial.

The Others

-Great Britain’s team has become one of the funnest stories from IIHF Worlds:

(NSFW)

-Meanwhile, Elvis Merzlikins clearly has some homework to do:

-Hockey Prospects Radio began to prep for the CHL Memorial Cup by posting an episode about the Halifax Mooseheads, the Rouyn Noranda Huskies, the Guelph Storm, and Prince Albert Raiders.

-Mike McKenna’s newest podcast episode comes out today. Here’s a preview!

-The embattled NWHL saw its first player signing of the season yesterday, with Kaleigh Fratkin re-signing on with the Boston Pride.

-Not long after, it was announced that Madison Packer has re-signed with the Metropolitan Riveters.