Ryan Callahan believes hip issue 'completely behind me'
Lightning wing Ryan Callahan said he'll be ready for training camp, confident the hip issues that plagued him all season are "completely behind me."
"I feel great, no limitations at all," Callahan told the Times Saturday. "I think this is going to be the hungriest I've ever been, excited, ready to go, come in and make an impact."
Callahan, 32, didn't play much at all last season, limited to 18 games due to a right hip that continued to plague him after last summer's surgery to repair a torn labrum. While Callahan returned in late October, he couldn't shake the lingering soreness.
But a February follow-up procedure to clear up some scar tissue seems to have done the trick. Callahan was skating by the end of the season and continues to work out in Rochester, N.Y. He has three years remaining on a contract with a $5.8 million cap hit.
"It was the toughest year I've been through in my career, for sure," Callahan said. "So many ups and downs, having setbacks. At the end of the day, I look at it all and it makes me want to play even more and makes me even hungrier. It's been a while since I've been this excited for an upcoming season."