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Vincent Lecavalier met with the Detroit Red Wings this weekend — part of a whirlwind couple of days in which he talked to at least a dozen clubs — and he plans to narrow his list down in the next few days. Any team left in the running better be prepared to make a serious commitment.
Darren Dreger reported Sunday’s TSN draft coverage that one NHL GM told him Lecavalier is seeking “five times five” — as in five years and five million per season. Fellow insider Pierre LeBrun put Lecavalier’s demands in a similar neighborhood.
That’s about half of what Lecavalier was set to make next season with the Lightning, before Tampa Bay opted to buy him out. The $5 million per year is also about in line with what Valtteri Filppula reporetedly wants from his next contract. The Red Wings opted not to trade Filppula’s rights during Sunday’s draft, meaning he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 5 if he does not re-sign.
An average salary of $5 million per season would make Lecavalier the fourth highest paid Red Wing, behind Jimmy Howard, Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk.
Detroit currently has $8.2 million in cap space, following the weekend’s re-signing of defenseman Jakub Kindl. The franchise still would like to keep restricted free agents Joakim Andersson, Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith and possibly unrestricted free agents Danny Cleary and Damien Brunner.
Obviously, big money spent on Lecavalier would cut into the Wings’ bottom line, possibly forcing them to use a buyout or follow through on plans to trade Carlo Colaiacovo, Jordin Tootoo or others.
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NHLTags: Vincent LecavalierThe Tampa Bay Lightning announced five days ago that they were going to buy out the remainder of captain Vincent Lecavalier’s contract. Since that time, there has been ample speculation about where the 33 year-old centerman would end up.
Per Darren Dreger of TSN, the Philadelphia Flyers have “won” the bid...
NEW YORK The Florida Panthers missed out on an opportunity once already to acquire Vincent Lecavalier. Fifteen years later, they are going to take another shot at getting the playmaking center into their lineup.
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon and assistant GM Mike Santos intend to make a pitch to sign the unrestricted free agent and fomer Lightning captain.
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed veteran center Vincent Lecavalier to a multi-year contract.
The Tampa Bay Lightning let their 33-year-old captain go last week, and the Flyers pounced Tuesday night, signing him to a reported five-year deal worth $22.5 million.
Tampa Bay cut ties with Lecavalier to clear space under a smaller salary cap. The Philadelphia Flyers took advantage...
(Photo: AP) On Tuesday afternoon, the sweepstakes for Vincent Lecavalier’s services seemed to be coming to an end. One by one, teams were eliminated from the race: Detroit, Dallas, Montreal. At around 6:30 p.m, TSN’s Darren Dreger confirmed that Vincent Lecavalier has chosen the Philadelphia Flyers. According to Tim Panaccio, he agreed to a 5 [...]
The Flyers were among the many teams that spent time at the NHL Draft talking to Vincent Lecavalier. Apparently, they made quite the impression.
Lecavalier is choosing to sign with the Flyers when the free-agency signing period officially begins on Friday. The deal is for five years, worth $4.5 million per year.
Lecavalier holds a place in Flyers' history as being a member...
Vincent Lecavalier is trading his blue and white for black and orange.
The most sought-after free agent on the NHL market agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
Lecavalier was bought out by the Lightning last Thursday after 14 seasons in Tampa Bay.
The 33-year-old center reportedly drew interest from...
You can add yet another team to the long list of Vincent Lecavalier's suitors...
Good job by Peter Chiarelli and B's staff meeting w/Vinny Lacavalier yesterday w/out any1 knowing about it. B's like him as RW #BruinsTalk
— Joe Haggerty (@HackswithHaggs) June 30, 2013
But he did meet with the Red Wings today, we think...
Just saw #NHL free agent...
Here is a roundup of the latest rumors involving the Maple Leafs.
Vincent Lecavalier: Josh Rimer and Howard Berger have reported that the Leafs have reached out to Lecavalierâs agent, but the line will be long 33 year old center. The list of teams that have expressed interest so far are Boston, Montreal, St. Louis, Dallas, Florida, Carolina, Anaheim and many others.
Just days after getting bought out, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that former Tampa Bay Lightning first overall pick Vincent Lecavalier is receiving interest from multiple teams in the NHL. “We have been reached out to by a number of teams, easily a dozen or more,” Kent Hughes, Lecavalier’s agent, told ESPN.com Friday afternoon. “This is the beginning of the process [...]
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After using a compliance buyout on Danny Briere, the Philadelphia Flyers were going to need a replacement to hold down the center spot on the second line.
Many expected it to be a in house choice, with both Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn competent enough to take the reins.
But Paul Holmgren had other ideas.
According to numerous reports from CSN’s Tim...
The Red Wings have drafted Anthony Mantha, Zach Nastasiuk, Tyler Bertuzzi, Mattias Janmark-Nylen, David Pope, Mitchell Wheaton, and Marc McNulty, and as TSN's Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun suggested that Vincent Lecavalier will narrow down his list of teams to 4-5, will visit some of them, and is asking for $5 million a year for 5 years...
The Wings wrapped up the part of...
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Jay Feaster has his eyes set on another big name.
This time it's a member of the Stanley Cup winning team Feaster assembled in 2004.
The Calgary Flames are interested in Vincent Lecavalier, who was recently bought out, and will meet with Lecavalier and his representatives in New Jersey tomorrow, according to Elliotte Friedman...
“It will depend on many different things” -Marc Bergevin on the possibility of signing Vincent Lecavalier
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) June 29, 2013
Gillis indicated that another team called about Scheider, not the other way around. "You have to listen."
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 29, 2013
The Flyers, after buying out Daniel Briere and Ilya Bryzgalov, have poured those savings into signing Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year, $23.5 deal with a reported no-moment clause. When Lecavalier was bought out by Tampa, initial speculation was that the Rangers would be one of the team's interested. That possibility went out the window when the Rangers decided to not buy out...
Because the comments sections in my previous two blog entries are currently blowing up with suggestions that Ken Holland has failed as a GM because MLive's Ansar Khan and the Free Press's Helene St. James have suggested that Vincent Lecavalier is headed to Dallas, let's hear what ESPN's Pierre LeBrun has to say about Lecavalier's decision, or the lack thereof...