Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/18/05 at 09:44 AM ET
He doesn't look any different. Same hair. Same face. Same broad shoulders and thick legs. He hasn't gotten any taller or more handsome. He still talks about himself the same - long silences, humble shrugs, a smile that's awkward, not arrogant. Yet there's a feeling that Lighting center Vinny Lecavalier has changed. Maybe the word is transformed. Or evolved. Yes, that's it. Evolved. That the kid who struggled to kick-start his career, that the kid who felt the undue pressure of being called the "Michael Jordan of hockey" before he even played a game, that the rebel who played the oil to coach John Tortorella's water is stepping up to a higher plain. Superstar.
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