Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/27/13

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Vincent Lecavalier #4 of the Tampa Bay Lightning faces off against the Los Angeles Kings on January 12, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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 was such a time for the Lightning. The news from vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman that Tampa Bay would use a compliance buyout on Lecavalier, ending his tenure with the Lightning, was not a complete surprise, but it was jarring all the same.This was a financial decision, plain and simple, one that had been rumored in recent weeks as a possibility. Like all organizations, the Lightning operate within a bottom-line world with bottom-line concerns and bottom-line choices to make.So, the bottom line is this: Tampa Bay clears itself of a 7.727 million cap hit each season by separating from the se...
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