Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 10/23/14

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)
 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 than have him continue to play for the only franchise he has ever known since joining the league in 1998.  The move frees up his 7.7 million in cap for Yzerman to negotiate with unrestricted free agents this offseason as the Bolts continue to shore up what was a suspect defense last season.  Lecavalier's exit, however, leaves a gaping hole at center in the lineup that will have to be filled. The best guess is for AHL MVP and leading goal-scorer Tyler Johnson to step into the NHL lineup as the 2nd line center starting this fall.       I don't know that this means Barkov is for sure TB's pick. Tyler Johnson as 2C
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