NHL Teams Need to Stop Helping the Lightning for No Reason

COLUMBUS, OH - APRIL 16:  Ryan Callahan #24 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck in Game Four of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 16, 2019 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus defeated Tampa Bay 7-3 to win the series 4-0. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Lightning v Columbus Blue Jackets - Game Four | Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

You know that anger everyone outside of the state of Massachusetts has whenever a team trades one of their best players to the Patriots for a sixth-round pick? That same energy needs to be directed toward the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Lightning had a major dilemma on their hands, as right wing Ryan Callahan will likely never play in the NHL again due to a back injury. Somehow, they were able to trade him to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for backup goalie Mike Condon and a draft pick.

With Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and now goalie Andrei Vaslievsky signed long term, the Lightning may not have had the money to sign Brayden Point. This move will likely give Tampa Bay the financial flexibility to ink Point to a bigger contract.

The league is now officially complicit in helping the Lightning, who just set the record for points in a single season, get even better. While they did flame out in the playoffs, they should be the overwhelming favorites to take home the Cup next year.

When they do hoist the cup, all 30 other teams need to take a look in the mirror after they did almost nothing to prevent this juggernaut from getting even stronger.