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With the chances of re-signing Val Filppula diminishing with every passing minute, the Detroit Red Wings main priority this offseason will be finding a second-line center.
Thats not exactly earth-shattering news. But the possibility of that second-line center being Vincent Lecavalier, who will be bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, is certainly an attention-grabbing headline and the type of name player that Detroits ownership covets.
I haven't really thought about that, Lecavalier told reporters during a conference call this afternoon, when asked about playing for the Red Wings. It's actually a team I grew up idolizing. Them and Montreal were my favorite teams. Steve Yzerman was my favorite player.''
On Thursday morning, it was Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman that announced the Lightning would use one of their two compliance buyouts on Lecavalier, ending his 14-year stay in Tampa, where he became the face of the franchise.
At 6 feet 4 inches tall and 215 pounds, Lecavalier would add size and some grit to the Wings and a high-skill level -- even if his skills at 33 years old are beginning to erode. Lecavalier has excellent vision, skates well for his size, possesses tremendous hand-eye coordination and has a laser beam for a shot.
Adding a talent like Lecavalier to the Wings' lineup would enable them to keep Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk together on the same line, and provide Johan Franzen a top-notch playmaker to center his line.
Lecavalier has an upbeat attitude, and with Detroit having so many young forwards on the verge of becoming NHL players, his influence would be immeasurable.
In 1037 games played, Lecavalier has accumulated 383 goals and 491 assists. He has 24 goals and 28 assists in 63 career playoff games.
Detroit will not be the only team in the running for his services when he becomes an unrestricted free agent July 5. But you have to believe that the Wings will be a major player and a team Lecavalier would strongly consider.
My door's open to everything, but I haven't made a list yet, Lecavalier said. I'm really open to anything. I haven't pinpointed anything.
I'm so motivated to go somewhere else and prove I can play at a high level. I believe in myself and what I can bring to a team. I want to win.''
A factor that might play well for Detroit is the opportunity of being on the same team with Datsyuk and Zetterberg.
When asked about playing with the Wings' Euro twins, Lecavalier replied, Definitely playing with those guys (something he will think about) they're probably one of the best duos in the league.
They made the playoffs the last 20 years. It's a great team, a great organization. It's definitely a place I would consider.''
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After spending 15 years in the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, the former #1 overall pick now finds himself looking for a new place to work.
The now former captain of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vincent Lecavalier, addressed the media about the team’s decision to buyout his contract Thursday. Among many things said, Lecavalier thanked the organization, his teammates, and also the fans. He also mentioned what his potential plans are moving forward. His full statement is embedded below.
According to reports, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Tampa Bay Lightning tried to make a loophole trade involving Vincent Lecavalier. The Lightning were going to trade Lecavalier and possibily a prospect or draft pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs, one of the richer teams in the NHL, would then use their compliance buyout on Lecavalier who still has seven years and $45 million...
The Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out the contract of center Vincent Lecavalier, a move that will create salary cap space and make one of the stars of the franchise's only Stanley Cup champion a free agent next month.
Lecavalier was the first overall pick in the 1998 NHL draft and helped Tampa Bay win the NHL title in 2004. He is Tampa Bay's career leader in goals and games...
The news that the Tampa Bay Lightning are buying out Vincent Lecavalier sent shockwaves through the hockey world earlier this morning, and as Paul noted, MLive's Ansar Khan believes that the Wings should pursue him. The Free Press's Helene St. James agrees with Khan's assessment:
Lecavalier has a lot of assets. He's 6-feet-4 and 215 pounds. That alone would make...
Ansar Khan of Mlive is correct when he states the Wings may need a 2nd line center...
The NHL's shallow free-agent pool just got a little deeper, as the Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they will use a compliance buyout on center Vincent Lecavalier.
Lecavalier will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, eligible to sign with any team except the Lightning...
TAMPA, Fla. --Vincent Lecavalier's legacy with the Tampa Bay Lightning is secure, both on and off the ice. There is little debate about the impact he made when he was among peers here, when he became a respected presence within a region that adopted him. There are transition moments for every franchise, when it must part ways with a proud face of its past. Thursday's announcement...
The Tampa Bay Lightning have parted ways with team Captain and Center Vinny Lecavalier, using a compliance buyout on the long time Bolts forward. Lecavalier was a first overall selection by the Lightning in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He is the Tampa Bay’s all-time leader for games played with 1,037 and goals with 383. Earlier this month, the New York Post reported [...]
Just days after getting bought out, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that former Tampa Bay Lightning first overall pick Vincent Lecavalier is receiving interest from multiple teams in the NHL. “We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told ESPN.com Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process [...]
I will let this tweet speak for itself. #tblightning have bought out the contract of captain Vinny Lecavalier — Erik Erlendsson (@erlendssonTBO) June 27, 2013 In a truly shocking move, the Tampa Bay Lightning have elected to buy out their captain, Vincent Lecavalier, choosing to pay him 30 million dollars over the next 14 years to become a UFA rather...
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will use a compliance buy-out, as allowed by the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, on center Vincent Lecavalier, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Lecavalier becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 5, eligible to sign with any team in the NHL, except Tampa Bay. The Lightning will pay Lecavalier two-thirds...
By: Brent Manara (@THG_Brent)
The Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they have used a compliance buy-out on star center Vincent Lecavalier. There was a lot of speculation over the past few months that this move was being considered because of his massive salary cap number and advancing age, but it is still a jolting turn of events considering how much Lecavalier has meant to...
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Three names on the market: Vincent Lecavalier, Daniel Briere, Jaromir Jagr.
Let's talk about them...
We all knew that for Steve Yzerman to build a competitive roster, buying out Lecavalier was a must. That said, it was a near-impossible reality to fathom.
Would Jeff Vinik and Yzerman be willing to rid themselves of the face of their franchise...
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The NHL on Monday moved to close a loophole left in the allegedly airtight collective bargaining agreement by notifying general managers the league would deem re-signing a player following a trade and a subsequent amnesty buyout as circumvention, and thus would not register the contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed the Lightning...
“It will depend on many different things” -Marc Bergevin on the possibility of signing Vincent Lecavalier
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