The Tampa Bay Lightning earned the dishonorable distinction of being the first team booted from the Stanley Cup playoffs, swept in four games by the Montreal Canadiens. It's not exactly how they had envisioned their postseason, of course.

But with the quick exit also means they can quickly turn their attention toward next season and join the non-playoff teams in planning for the offseason. In the case of the Lightning they have a pretty important issue to address before July 1; Ryan Callahan.

Traded to Tampa Bay at the deadline with a couple of high draft picks in exchange for Martin St. Louis, Callahan is a free agent after this summer. His contract demands and lack of a deal with the Rangers were what made him expendable in the first place.

Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman has made it no secret -- and he said it again on Thursday -- that he would like to re-sign Callahan to join a nucleus that will rely on a lot of young and skilled players. Now that his season is over, Callahan is being asked about his intentions on that front.