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by Paul on 03/17/11 at 01:32 AM ET
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Everything got better when new owner Jeff Vinik hired general manager Stave Yzerman, who publicly declared he was not trading Lecavalier.
Lecavalier rumors were constant the previous two years. And though Lecavalier had assurances from then co-owner Oren Koules and GM Brian Lawton he would not be moved, there was speculation he nearly was traded at the June 2009 draft to Montreal for goaltender Carey Price, center Tomas Plekanec and defenseman P.K. Subban.
Lecavalier, who in July 2008 signed an 11-year, $85 million deal with Tampa Bay, declined to talk about it. And all agent Kent Hughes would say was, “An individual who goes to work under less than ideal conditions is more likely to be distracted, less likely to feel part of the team solution.”
At this point, more important is what is happening on the ice.
“He’s using his body. He’s coring goals. He’s creating chances,” center Steven Stamkos said. “He’s got that confidence, and that’s the No. 1 thing as a player.”
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