Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 6/27/13
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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