TAMPA, FL - APRIL 1: Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrates his goal against the Montreal Canadiens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on April 1, 2014 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Ryan Callahan resigned with the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier this morning and joined Fan Interference to discuss the process of deciding to stay in Tampa Bay. From the moment he arrived, Ryan said that he wanted to stay with the Lightning. He did have the option to speak to other teams, but said that Tampa Bay was always the place that he wanted to be.
One of the big selling points was believing in the vision of Steve Yzerman and the rest of the front office moving forward with the talent and youth that is already with the team. Playing with guys like Steven Stamkos is something he is definitely looking forward to. As one of the older guys, the team expects Callahan to take a leadership role through his work ethic and how hard he works on and off the ice.
Ryan did talk about how money factored in to his decision and that if he waited until July 1st there may have been more money, it was the chance to grow with a young core and a bright future.
One of the big selling points for Callahan was that young team that fans have known about for the last couple years. Having said that, Ryan looks at the team now in Tampa Bay and sees the chance to stay here and win a Championship.