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Callahan traded to Senators by Lightning for Condon

Veteran forward was placed on LTIR with back injury; goalie adds depth for Tampa Bay

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Ryan Callahan was traded to the Ottawa Senators with a fifth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday for goalie Mike Condon and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 draft.

Callahan had 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 52 games with the Lightning last season, missing time because of a degenerative back condition. The 34-year-old forward, who has one season remaining on a six-year contract he signed with Tampa Bay on June 24, 2014, was placed on long-term injured reserve June 20.

"I don't think a year off or two years off is going to help it to be honest with you," Callahan told the Lightning website in June. "From what the doctors have said and the way I feel, it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to come back. ... If it wasn't for my back, I'd be playing next year ... wherever that may be. I wanted to be with the Lightning."

 

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Selected by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (No. 127) of the 2004 NHL Draft, Callahan has 386 points (186 goals, 200 assists) in 757 games in 13 seasons with the Rangers and Lightning, and 39 points (20 goals, 19 assists) in 121 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"I would like to thank Ryan Callahan, who worked with us to make this trade happen, but also for all the great years that he's provided for our team, the leadership he brought to our team, the on-ice play he brought to our team," Tampa Bay general manager Julien BriseBois said. "And his contributions to the community, his family raised significant amounts of money for pediatric cancer and for families going through situations with pediatric cancer. I appreciate everything he's done for our organization."

Condon was 0-2-0 with a 6.40 goals-against average and .800 save percentage in two starts for Ottawa in 2018-19; The 29-year-old missed most of last season because of a hip injury.

Video: Analyzing Callahan being traded for Condon

He is the second goalie acquired by Tampa Bay this offseason; the Lightning signed Curtis McElhinney to a two-year, $2.6 million contract (average annual value $1.3 million) July 1. Tampa Bay also signed Andrei Vasilevskiy, who was voted the Vezina Trophy winner last season as the NHL's best goalie, to an eight-year, $76 million contract extension (average annual value $9.5 million) Monday. 

"I know it looks like we've got the goaltender market cornered," BriseBois said. "The reality is this is something we're going to have to manage. ... But I'd rather be managing too many goalies than not enough goalies. The reality is the plan stays the same. Andrei Vasilevskiy is our No. 1 goalie. Curtis McElhinney will be our backup in Tampa. I'm still working on finding a new organization for Louis Domingue. Scott Wedgewood we signed to be our call-up goaltender and start the season in (the AHL with) Syracuse [and] is still in that chair. Mike Condon will also be in Syracuse. Mike had a very promising career before it kind of got derailed a little bit by injuries. He was a good prospect. ... He's going to be a positive presence in Syracuse."

Originally signed as a free agent by the Montreal Canadiens on May 8, 2013, Condon is 45-58-17 with a 2.79 GAA, .905 save percentage and six shutouts in 129 games (117 starts) in four NHL seasons with the Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Senators.

NHL.com correspondent Corey Long contributed to this report

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