Originally written on The Hockey Guys  |  Last updated 11/18/14

MONTREAL, QC - JANUARY 23: Eastern Conference All-Star Vincent Lecavalier of the Tampa Bay Lightning speaks to the media during the 2009 NHL Live Western/Eastern Conference All-Stars Media Availability at the Queen Elizabeth Fairmont Hotel on January 23, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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 the Lightning. They selected him 1st overall in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft and he lived up to all of the lofty expectations that come with being the top pick. He helped lead the team to a Stanley Cup victory in 2004 and he leaves Tampa as the all-time leader in games played (1,037) and goals (383) for the organization. In a statement published on NHL.com, Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman explained the reasoning behind the decision. “After much internal deliberation, we believe this will prove to be a pivotal move for us as we strive to achieve our long term goal of competing at the highest level, year...
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