Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/17/05 at 03:01 AM ET
Tuesday's deal with Lecavalier ensures that the player who has been a cornerstone of the franchise since he was selected first overall in the 1998 draft will remain in a Lightning uniform for four more years. Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, Lecavalier could have signed a one-year contract and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. But there were a plethora of reasons to stay in what has become his second home, including trying to defend Tampa Bay's Stanley Cup championship. "The first four years I was there, we lost a lot and people weren't coming out to see us and people did not respect our team," Lecavalier said Tuesday from Vancouver, where he is attending a training camp for Team Canada. "Now we have turned it around. Now we are a competitive team and we are winning every year and we have a chance to keep it going. "My sister lives in Tampa, my niece and nephew are there. My parents come down a lot. Tampa is very special to me. I've been there so long."
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