Lightning's Ryan Callahan out for five months following shoulder surgery

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Ryan Callahan (AP Photograph)

The Tampa Bay Lightning introduced Ryan Callahan can be out for roughly the subsequent five months as he recovers from shoulder surgery. 

Callahan’s restoration interval places the beginning of the upcoming season in jeopardy. Lightning common supervisor Steve Yzerman does not anticipate the 33-yr-previous ahead to be prepared for coaching camp, in response to The Athletic’s Joe Smith.

Callahan sustained the damage after he and Arizona Coyotes’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson crashed into the boards in December. He instantly grabbed his proper shoulder and did not return to the sport following the hit. Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper described the extent of the damage as, “one could be longer than day-to-day.” He missed the subsequent seven video games consequently.

The damage flared up once more in the course of the Lightning’s first-spherical playoff collection towards the New Jersey Devils, inflicting Callahan to overlook Video games three and four, earlier than returning to the lineup at lower than one hundred-% for the rest of the postseason.

The 33-yr-previous has two years remaining on his $34.eight millon contract, $5.eight million on the books in every of these seasons. With the Lightning dealing with quite a lot of pending free brokers, it is doubtless they will not be capable of purchase out Callahan’s contract to hunt cap aid; beneath the present collective bargaining settlement, gamers recovering from accidents suffered within the common season are ineligible for buyouts.

Ahead J.T. Miller (who made $2.seventy five million this previous season) is slated to develop into a restricted free agent, whereas forwards Yanni Gourde ($1 million) and Brayden Level (on his entry-degree contract) are each scheduled to grow to be unrestricted free brokers subsequent summer time.

Miller, who set a profession excessive with fifty eight factors, almost averaged some extent per recreation since being traded to the Lightning on the commerce deadline.

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Callahan, who missed the primary month of the 2017-18 season after present process hip surgery over the summer time, and the season prior, Callahan was restricted to 17 video games after present process a separate process on that very same hip.

Since becoming a member of the Lightning by way of commerce in 2014, Callahan has amassed one hundred fifteen factors in 255 video games, probably the most a fifty five-level season in 2014-15, his first full yr in Tampa.

However the following season, Callahan’s manufacturing almost halved when he recorded 28 factors. He was an integral a part of the Lightning’s fourth line that matched up towards the likes of Patrice Bergeron and Alex Ovechkin throughout these playoffs, but in addition posted three factors in 15 postseason video games.