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Possible Destinations For Lecavalier

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I’d be shocked if the Lecavalier camp, led by agent Kent Hughes, didn’t get interest from at least a dozen teams. At the right price, he’s a stud, and this isn’t a great year for free-agent centers. And you still can’t teach 6-foot-4. 

Just my own guessing out of the gate, not based on any sourcing ... 

• The Detroit Red Wings need a No. 2 center as talks with Valtteri Filppula are headed nowhere. While Weiss could also be an option, Lecavalier would make a lot of sense. 

• The Chicago Blackhawks? Cap space is at a premium and re-signing pending UFA Bryan Bickell is the priority. But man, would Lecavalier ever fit well there, especially since you know Michal Handzusisn’t the long-term answer at No. 2. 

• What about Lecavalier’s former coach in Tampa, John Tortorella, who is in his first offseason as coach of the Vancouver Canucks? 

• The Toronto Maple Leafs have been looking for a legitimate center with size for about a million years. 

We will see a lot of teams linked to Lecavalier because, frankly, a lot of teams could use him.

more plus some Letang talk...

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Vladimir16's avatar

• The Detroit Red Wings need a No. 2 center as talks with Valtteri Filppula are headed nowhere. While Weiss could also be an option, Lecavalier would make a lot of sense.

Ya darn tootin’

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/27/13 at 11:33 AM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

Hmm, whats everyone think about what Proteau tweeted on Twitter that Vinny might sign a one year contract and return to Tampa?  Based on the scheme Tampa tried to concoct with Toronto, it sounds like they’d like Vinny back and Vinny would prefer to be in Tampa.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 06/27/13 at 11:46 AM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Ya darn tootin’

Pardon me.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 06/27/13 at 11:56 AM ET

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@henry - is that allowed under the new CBA? And even if they were to do that, wouldn’t it make sense to just keep him for one more year and then buy him out next year? Interesting, nonetheless.

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 06/27/13 at 12:09 PM ET

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Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 06/27/13 at 01:09 PM ET

Once a player is bought out he can’t “rejoin” the team that bought him out for a year, so if the Lightning buy him out this year he can’t go back until next year and if they were to buy him out next year he couldn’t return till the following year.

It will be interesting because I would guess most teams who are interested in him would not want to sign him for just one year.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 12:15 PM ET

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Also, I think (but I’m not sure) that this only applies to the “compliance buyouts”, not regular buyouts.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 12:16 PM ET

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Great job by Shero to get Chris Kunitz signed to a three-year extension worth $3.85 million per season. That’s a good value. Kunitz has one more year on his deal at $3.75 million, and he would have been a UFA in July 2014.

That guy???

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/27/13 at 12:25 PM ET

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Once a player is bought out he can’t “rejoin” the team that bought him out for a year, so if the Lightning buy him out this year he can’t go back until next year and if they were to buy him out next year he couldn’t return till the following year.

TB tried to do this by trading him (Toronto?),having the tradingpartner buy him out, and then sign him back.

Posted by MoreShoot on 06/27/13 at 12:29 PM ET

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TB tried to do this by trading him (Toronto?),having the tradingpartner buy him out, and then sign him back.

I think it was the other way around.  TB would buy him out, then Toronto would re-sign him and trade him back.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 12:36 PM ET

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TB tried to do this by trading him (Toronto?),having the tradingpartner buy him out, and then sign him back.

I think it was the other way around.  TB would buy him out, then Toronto would re-sign him and trade him back.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 01:36 PM ET

No, it’s the other way.  Tampa Bay was planning on trading him and a prospect to Toronto for a low draft pick, Toronto would buy him out and Tampa Bay would sign him.  But that was nixed by the NHL.

The current rumor is that he would just sign a one year contract with another team and next summer he’ll be able to resign with Tampa Bay.  I’m sure the NHL wouldn’t like it, but as long as he waits a year to resign, I don’t believe it would be against the rules.

 

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 06/27/13 at 01:04 PM ET

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No, it’s the other way.  Tampa Bay was planning on trading him and a prospect to Toronto for a low draft pick, Toronto would buy him out and Tampa Bay would sign him.  But that was nixed by the NHL.

Really?  So Toronto was going to pay out $30M in order to get a draft pick from Tampa Bay and allow Lecavalier to go back to Tampa? 

Right, that makes a lot of sense.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 01:40 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

No, it’s the other way.  Tampa Bay was planning on trading him and a prospect to Toronto for a low draft pick, Toronto would buy him out and Tampa Bay would sign him.  But that was nixed by the NHL.

Really?  So Toronto was going to pay out $30M in order to get a draft pick from Tampa Bay and allow Lecavalier to go back to Tampa? 

Right, that makes a lot of sense.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 02:40 PM ET

Makes sense or not, that’s what the plan was reported as.  Toronto is the only team in the NHL that could blow $30M on something like that.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 06/27/13 at 01:51 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 02:40 PM ET

Whoops, sorry.  Toronto was going to trade a draft pick for a prospect and the ability to owe $30M+ to a guy who has never been on the ice for a single second as a Toronto Maple Leaf.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 01:54 PM ET

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Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 02:40 PM ET

Originally reported by Larry Brooks, posted by the Emperor here

The clubs theoretically would have concocted a swap in which Tampa Bay would have sent an asset — perhaps a draft pick — to rolling-in-dough Toronto along with Lecavalier, who would have re-signed a more modest deal with the Lightning after being bought out by the Leafs.

Posted by SnLO from beyond the M-1 on 06/27/13 at 02:01 PM ET

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Jesus, did I ever misread that.

That’s insanity.

Posted by Garth on 06/27/13 at 03:34 PM ET

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