Vincent Lecavalier boosts class of NHL free agents

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 02, 2013
Vincent Lecavalier and some other bought-out veterans have boosted the current crop of NHL free agents. The Tampa Bay Lightning let their 33-year-old captain go last week, giving any other team a shot to sign the center as a free agent on Friday. Tampa Bay cut ties with Lecavalier to clear space under a smaller salary cap. The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage of both of their compliance buyouts to release forward Danny Briere and goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. Teams can spend $64.3 million during the 2013-14 season, down from $70.2 million last season. Potential free agents such as forward Mike Ribeiro, who passed on re-signing with Washington, or others who weren't welcomed back, will hit the market Wednesday for the first of a two-day interview period before any deals can be signed.
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