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by Paul on 06/27/13 at 09:32 AM ET
Ansar Khan of Mlive is correct when he states the Wings may need a 2nd line center...
The NHL's shallow free-agent pool just got a little deeper, as the Tampa Bay Lightning announced today that they will use a compliance buyout on center Vincent Lecavalier.
Lecavalier will become an unrestricted free agent on July 5, eligible to sign with any team except the Lightning.
The Detroit Red Wings will be in the market for a second-line center if, as expected, Valtteri Filppula, leaves as a free agent.
Lecavalier, the NHL's first overall draft pick in 1998, has seen better days, as his offensive game is in decline, but the 6-foot-4 center still has tremendous reach and vision and a good shot.
He had 10 goals and 22 assists in 39 games this past season, after scoring 20 or more goals in 12 consecutive seasons.
So, do the Wings try to sign Lecavalier and if so, what kind of contract do you offer him?
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