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
-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!
Coming soon to @oldsmar... ⚡️— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) May 20, 2019
📝: https://t.co/vi36f8IMU8 pic.twitter.com/vCnlnQg865
-The Syracuse Crunch is hosting an equipment sale tomorrow night at the War Memorial.
Our equipment sale is this Wednesday, May 22 at the War Memorial Arena from 5 to 7 p.m.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) May 20, 2019
We’re doing early access beginning at 4 p.m. for all full season ticket holders from this past season and new and renewed full season ticket holders for 2019-20.https://t.co/BYAPVjxQVL
-Great Britain’s team has become one of the funnest stories from IIHF Worlds:
.@TeamGBicehockey HAS DONE IT! They remain in the top tier of #IIHFWorlds #FRAGBR pic.twitter.com/8UC87VHv32— IIHF (@IIHFHockey) May 20, 2019
The best team in the world. Self-deprecating legends.— caitlin berry (@caitlinsports) May 20, 2019
"We're shit and we know we are!" 🇬🇧 #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/xssCFTepSJ
-Meanwhile, Elvis Merzlikins clearly has some homework to do:
#CBJ goalie Elvis Merzlikins not sitting empty handed. He's assisting the team even while on the bench. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/f5uareV172— Aivis Kalniņš🇱🇻 (@A_Kalnins) May 20, 2019
-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!
TEASER! Don Beaupre is tomorrow's #6DMM guest. Listen to what he thinks of the combo he used to wear! pic.twitter.com/PThWLHsGHx— 6 Degrees with Mike McKenna (@6DegreesMM) May 20, 2019
-The embattled NWHL saw its first player signing of the season yesterday, with Kaleigh Fratkin re-signing on with the Boston Pride.
NEWS: We have our first player signed for the 2019-20 @NWHL season. Fratkin re-signs with @TheBostonPride.— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) May 20, 2019
Note: Fratkin's salary is included in the league's press release. Player salaries haven't been made public by the league since year 2. pic.twitter.com/NBOBWAXT1O
-Not long after, it was announced that Madison Packer has re-signed with the Metropolitan Riveters.
.@madison_packer_ re-signs with @Riveters. pic.twitter.com/x6E6A11Ivy— Mike Murphy (@DigDeepBSB) May 20, 2019