Point and the Lightning will wait until after the season
Joe Smith: According to Brayden Point‘s agent Gerry Johannson, their plan is still to start contract extension talks with the Tampa Bay Lightning after the season. They are open to a bridge deal to a five-year deal to an eight-year deal. Point loves playing in Tampa and wants to make it work.
“This really does raise the bar in a significant way for the shorter term deal, which is a real benefit for the team and the player. Now, it’s on the table. It’s an option we can use, the teams can use. It’s just another option that is helpful for everybody.”
Callahan out of the Lightning’s forward rotation but likely to stick around
Callahan has one year left at a $5.58 million cap hit with a modified no-movement clause – 15 team trade list. The Lightning haven’t approached him about a trade yet.
Given the salary cap situation for the Lightning next year – about $73 million for 16 players – and Brayden Point needing a new contract, the Lightning may consider a buyout or trading him.
Callahan and his agent Stephen Bartlett knew the cap issues would be there.
The Lightning don’t appear to be shopping Callahan and if there is an injury, he could be valuable.
“But if you’re asking me about the next couple months, if I’m a betting man I say he’s here and plays a role.”