Jim Matheson at the Edmonton Journal (via Spectors Hockey) says because there's no state income tax in the state of Florida, he wouldn't be surprised if Ryan Callahan re-signed in Tampa for five-years, $25 million.
Here's Callahan's agent, Steve Bartlett, on the benefits to his client playing out his contract in Tampa…
“Ryan can take a test-drive there and vice versa. There’s no gun to anybody’s head. I love that attitude. You can take 10-per-cent less in Florida than New York and have it be the same amount of money.”
…looks like someone's agent is trying to do a little preemptive damage control for when his client isn't offered a huge contract this off-season. "What do you mean he's signing for less than the Rangers offered him? It's theoretically same amount of money." Except, of course, it's not.
Speaking of Callahan, he had a very Callahan like game with an assist, four shots on goal and EIGHT hits in Tampa's 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix last night. Tampa is 0-1-2 in the three games since acquiring the former Rangers captain, who is 0-for-2 in the skills competition in those shootout losses.
Meanwhile, Matheson also has this quote from Glen Sather on the Martin St. Louis acquisition…
“This (wanting to leave Tampa to play for the Rangers and be closer to his home in Connecticut) didn’t just happen. I’d heard about this a few years ago. I didn’t call Steve. He called me.”
…so there you go Lightning fans, maybe St. Louis isn't such a douche bag. Looks like he just wanted to live in a real city.