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Lightning?s Dan Girardi, Ryan Callahan Forge Strong Bond as Friends, Teammates

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The Callahans and Girardis live in the same Davis Islands neighborhood, their kids trick-or-treating together Tuesday night. You see, Callahan, 32, a Lightning wing, and Girardi, 33, a defenseman, are more family than friends.


They’ve been attached at the hip since being teenage teammates in juniors for Guelph. They played, and lived, together with AHL Hartford and for several years with the Rangers before getting reunited in Tampa Bay when Girardi signed a two-year, $6 million free agent deal during the summer. It didn’t take them long to pick up where they had left off after Callahan was traded to the Lightning in the 2013-14 season.


"Our family is more organized, always planning things," Girardi said. "(The Callahans are) just kind of the ‘follow-the-leader’ people. That’s why we work well together. They’re like, ‘What are you guys doing? Okay, we’re coming.’?"


As Callahan and Girardi prepared to face the Rangers tonight at Amalie Arena, they reflected on the bond — and path — they’ve experienced. The Girardis are godparents to the Callahans’ youngest daughter, Evelyn, 2. The families vacation together a week each summer in Callahan’s hometown, Rochester, N.Y.


"It’s something you don’t see very much," Callahan said. "It’s always nice to have someone close on your team, especially with families. To be able to come full circle and play together again, it’s pretty special."



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Nobody employs 6 really good D-men. @ 3 Million/year Girardi is just fine and you could certainly do worse.


Callahan, on the other hand, as Josh has pointed out, has ONE goal this year and whopping 17 goals in his past 160 games. By any definition it's a truly terrible contract that almost certainly can't even be jettisoned by eating the max salary via trade.

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Yeah. Callahan battling THREE Penguins and they are having trouble containing him because of his grit, determination and moxie. The only thing missing from the pic is D.G.
Thankfully he is missing from the Rangers too.


Callamoxie's one YUUUGE goal this season would have us in first place for sure[emoji27]

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