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Montreal Makes Sense For Lecavalier

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

A few years back, the cries for Bergevin to sign Lecavalier would have been deafening. Even now, after several sub-par seasons for the big centreman, they’re still pretty shrill.

A week after Bergevin said publicly that free-agency wasn’t necessarily the way to build, he’s confronted with a free agent who would appear to be a perfect fit for a team with $9 million in cap space. And Bergevin wants his man — badly. Bergevin, Molson and head coach Michel Therrien met with Lecavalier Saturday in an attempt to persuade the 33-year-old to come home.

Despite the otherworldly pressure in Montreal, you would think it would make sense for Lecavalier. With more than $30 million coming his way in the buyout, money should not be the definitive factor. A chance to perform in front of the home folks, for Lecavalier and wife Caroline to raise their children at least partly in French, to be that star French-Canadian skater the Canadiens have sought since Guy Lafleur left — surely it all fits?

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Hootinani's avatar

Shocking revelation from a Montreal beat reporter.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/01/13 at 08:30 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Shocking revelation from a Montreal beat reporter.

Posted by Hootinani on 07/01/13 at 08:30 PM ET

Dangit’, beat me to it.

Posted by Primis on 07/01/13 at 08:52 PM ET

awould's avatar

Jack Todd’s dream:
“That article really open end my eyes. Montreal it is!!”  - Vincent Lecavalier

“Jack who? wrote what article?”  - Vincent Lecavalier

Posted by awould on 07/01/13 at 09:17 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

Sometimes I think folks over-estimate “going home.” Lecavalier essentially came of age in Tampa, and has spent the majority of his adult life there. That’s where he was when he got married and had kids. Any move is probably going to be a challenge given all of that.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 07/02/13 at 08:20 AM ET


Sometimes I think folks over-estimate “going home.”

I agree.  Hell, he’s 33 years old and has been away from “home” since he was 14 when (according to Wikipedia) he was attending a private school in Saskatchewan.  Montreal isn’t home anymore,Tampa Bay was home until this summer, now he’ll find a new one.

Having said that, sure Montreal would be a fine fit for him.  As would, probably, most teams who are showing interest in him.

Posted by Garth on 07/02/13 at 08:51 AM ET

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