Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Lightning's Callahan likely out for season

TAMPA — Ryan Callahan's season is likely over.

But the good news for the Lightning wing is it doesn't sound like his nagging hip injury is career-threatening.

After having surgery in the offseason, Callahan, 31, had a followup procedure on his right hip Tuesday in New York, and general manager Steve Yzerman said he didn't expect Callahan back during the regular season.

If Tampa Bay makes the playoffs, a Callahan return could depend on how far the team advances.

"Has been a tough year but I'm 1 day closer to getting back on the ice with the boyzzz!!!" Callahan posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

It has been a frustrating season for Callahan, whose hip has bothered him even after a labral tear was surgically repaired in June. Callahan has been limited to 18 games. His last one was Jan. 7.

After spending more than a month rehabilitating and exhausting several options, Callahan still didn't feel right. So he had an appointment Tuesday with Dr. Bryan Kelly, who had performed the surgery. An exploratory procedure revealed that the labrum remains intact and Callahan's problem is more about scar tissue, Yzerman said.

"All in all, it's encouraging," Yzerman said.

This could also give the Lightning around $5.8 million in additional salary cap space for Wednesday's trade deadline if Callahan, who has three years left on his deal, is put on long-term injured reserve. That could give Yzerman much-needed flexibility.

"If we want to, we can take advantage," Yzerman said. "If there's an opportunity to make our team better, we will."

NOTES: With wing Jonathan Drouin missing Wednesday's practice due to body maintenance, forward Cory Conacher was recalled from AHL Syracuse for insurance for tonight's game against Calgary.

Lightning's Callahan likely out for season 02/22/17 [Last modified: Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:35pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Road to Atlanta: Tell us how you really feel, Jimbo

    College

    Topped out

    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 21:  Rashaan Evans #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tackles Jarrett Guarantano #2 of the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) 775042495
  2. Journal: USF gets support on the road

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — Perhaps it was the chance to witness the first USF-Tulane game ever, or an opportunity to frolic in the French Quarter for a weekend. Or both.

    USF running back D'Ernest Johnson (2) stiff-arms Tulane cornerback Parry Nickerson (17) on a run during the second half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH111
  3. Joey Knight's takeaways from USF-Tulane

    College

    1. Saturday's triumph will do little to fortify USF's strength of schedule, but its strength-of-character quotient might have increased. On the road facing an eclectic offense, the Bulls built a huge lead, then made critical plays in the waning moments after some defensive lapses. In short, they survived. Isn't …

    South Florida defensive end Greg Reaves (41) reacts after a defensive stop against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH107
  4. No. 16 USF hangs on at Tulane, off to first 7-0 start

    College

    NEW ORLEANS — After half a season of mismatches, USF found itself in a grudge match Saturday night.

    USF quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) runs for a touchdown against Tulane during the first half of an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, La., Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle) LADH103
  5. Lightning journal: Tighter defense fuels hot start

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — See what happens when you keep the crease clean, limit the traffic in front of G Andrei Vasilevskiy and limit Grade A scoring chances?

    Yanni Gourde, right, gets a late first-period goal that follows a big save by Andrei Vasilevskiy.