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Well deserved Vinny Lecavalier.
from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,
“To be honest, I really don't have much interest into hitting the open market, or even hearing what's out there -- because in my mind, this is where I want to be,” said Lucic. “Why flirt with something when you know what you want?”
Lucic's willingness to stay, at what would almost certainly be at a discount compared to what he could potentially earn as a free agent, might make negotiations on a contract extension easier for Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi. Lucic, whose salary-cap hit to the Kings was $3.25 million this last year, said he didn't think the sides were too far apart.
“Just a little bit more work to do to bridge the gap here,” said Lucic. “It's something I definitely want moving forward and it's something they want too. Hopefully, we can make it work out here.”...
As expected, Vinny Lecavalier, who joined the Kings in January from the Philadelphia Flyers, made it official - he will be retiring. Lecavalier made that promise to the Kings so that his $4.5-million salary-cap charge wouldn't linger on the books.
“I've had a lot of good moments,” said a reflective Lecavalier. “One of the best was winning the Cup [in 2004, with the Tampa Bay Lightning] but to get a second chance at playing when you think you might not play again was great. This was just a really good experience for me, the last three or four months.
“I always had that confidence deep down I could still do well. It was great, and this is a great team. I know they're going to win again, just by the way they act, and the leadership group and the talent they have. It's been great.”
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Vinny had five shifts in the first period, four in the second, spending a total of 5 minutes, 31 seconds. He used to log that in the first 10 minutes of play during those 14 seasons at Tampa Bay. In eight of those seasons, he played in at least 80 of his team's 82 games, and in two others he missed a total of 11.
Last night's game was his 1,164th in an NHL uniform. For five consecutive seasons beginning in 2002, Lecavalier scored at least 33 goals. His best year was 2006-07, when he poured in 52 goals and finished with 108 points. His discernible decline in both productivity and health began a couple of years later, and Holmgren's offer sheet was extended the summer after he played in only 39 games.
Which is a long way of saying Lecavalier's current plight is hardly a matter of a fat-cat athlete.
"It's tough," he said of his current plight. "There's no flow. You're just not warmed up. I try to go when there's whistles, just skate around. The last couple of years have been like that. You kind of have to battle through that. I never understood that before. But it's tough to play so little minutes and stay warm because you can't. I want to make a difference."
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told CSNPhilly.com that he did not submit a buyout offer to embattled forward Vinny Lecavalier, via his agent, Kent Hughes.
Hughes did not return calls for comment. Yet he has stated in the past his client has no intention of retiring. Why would he?
The 35-year-old forward had three years left on his deal with a $4.5 million salary cap hit.
Just as last summer, the Flyers will continue to attempt moving the center-turned-winger in a trade this offseason. The Flyers had two near-deals going last June at the draft. One with Florida and one with Nashville. Both fell through.
Lecavalier is due a $2 million signing bonus on July 1. Hextall has to find a trade partner on a deal that goes into effect after July 1 during next week’s NHL draft in Sunrise, Fla.
Hextall has made it rather clear in several interviews since the end of the regular season that Lecavalier will not return because, in his words, “it hasn’t worked for him and it hasn’t worked for us.”
“I still believe in myself and think I can bring a lot to the team. I think to produce you need a little bit of time on the ice and you get opportunities. I didn’t feel I really got that this year.”
-Vinny Lecavalier on exit day for the Philadelphia Flyers. Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull has more from Lecavalier.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Berube would not totally commit to the lineup change for Thursday night’s seemingly must-win game against Florida, but hinted at the possibility.
Lecavalier, 34, has not played since Nov. 29 against the Rangers....
“I like the lines as they are, I don’t know what I’ll do,” Berube said. “But I have to give him opportunities, whether it’s power play or whatever. If I bring him in, I’m going to bring him in the middle of the ice. I definitely want to get him more than (5 minutes) for sure. I’m going to try to get him, obviously, more ice time than that.”...
What changed between now and earlier in the week, when Berube didn’t seem open to using Lecavalier again?
“His work ethic was really noticeable,” Berube said. “I thought the beginning of the year, he was skating really well, too. I’m noticing that skating again. He does make plays. He can score. He looks hungry to me and he wants in there. That’s a good sign.”
via Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Vinny Lecavalier had trouble sleeping on Sunday night - and it had little to do with the 3-hour time difference on the West Coast.
That's because the Flyers' coaching staff notified him then that he'd be out of the lineup tonight against the Sharks.
The fact that Lecavalier would be a healthy scratch for the first time in his illustrious career really hit him yesterday, though, when he saw his name penciled next to injured player Ryan White on the fifth line for practice at SAP Center.
"It's very hard to take," Lecavalier said. "It was a tough night, when you're told something like that. I talked to [coach Craig Berube]. We had a conversation, but I'm out of the lineup. It's as simple as that."
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
In his first year with the Flyers, after signing a five-year deal for $22.5 million, Lecavalier managed 20 goals but just 37 points after 14 mostly productive seasons with Tampa Bay.
"It's easy to look back and make excuses, but whatever happened, happened," Lecavalier said before he scored one of the Flyers' four power-play goals as their split-squad team beat Washington, 5-4, Monday at the Wells Fargo Center.
"I was put on left wing and I should have been better. It was the first time I ever played that position, but at the same time, you have to try to adapt quicker. Obviously, I didn't. But now's a new year and I want to move on from last year. Right now, I'm in the middle and I'm very comfortable there. It's just more natural for me."
Lecavalier centered right winger R.J. Umberger and left winger Petr Straka on Monday. When the regular season opens in Boston on Oct. 8, there's a good chance that Michael Raffl will replace Straka on that line.
"I'd be really happy" if the line ends up that way, said Lecavalier, who has 403 career goals and will get strong Hall of Fame consideration when he retires. "I think we're three big bodies, and I think there's some chemistry there."
from Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post,
Vinny Lecavalier was one of the first players to step out on the ice for morning skate Friday. The 33-year-old veteran of 14 seasons will find himself in a new spot when the puck drops between the Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs: fourth line center.
Ever since he returned from a back injury Dec. 21, Lecavalier had been playing left wing instead of his natural center position. He had admitted that if he had his druthers he’d still be in the middle, but this isn’t what he had in mind.
“No,” said Lecavalier, who will be the pivot on a line with Zac Rinaldo and Adam Hall, “but I’ll do my best tonight and make sure that our line is ready to go.”
Coach Craig Berube voiced his concern Wednesday night after a loss to the New York Rangers. He didn’t think his team had energy. This shake-up should certainly ruffle some feathers.
“It wasn’t working where it was, so I put him in the middle there,” Berube said. “That’s where we’re gonna start right now.
“We’ll take it shift-by-shift right now.”
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Prior to tonight's game at Columbus against the Blue Jackets, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that forward Steve Downie will not be in the line-up.
Downie will also be out 7-10 days with an upper-body injury.
With Downie out of the line-up tonight, Vinny Lecavalier will return to action.
Originally expected to be out 3-4 weeks from Dec. 9 with a non-displaced back fracture, Lecavalier will appear in his first game since Nov. 30 at Nashville. He has missed the last nine games, and a total of 13 games on the year.
Lecavalier leads the team in power-play goals with five and is tied for second on the team in goals (9). In his first season with the Flyers he has 14 points (9g-5a) in 22 games.
from Frank Seravalli of Grequent Flyers,
Vinny Lecavalier underwent an x-ray in Dallas, and the Flyers didn’t like what the images showed.
So, they shipped Lecavalier back to Philadelphia yesterday to undergo an MRI and have the results read by a team physician. They were equally discouraging.
Lecavalier will miss at least the next three to four weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his lower-back, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. The injury was suffered late in the third period against Nashville on Nov. 30.
Anaheim, Dallas, Edmonton and Vancouver are the only teams not playing tonight.
Highlight matchups are Boston at Detroit, Vinny Lecavalier and the Flyers visit Tampa, St. Louis is in Denver and the Kings travel to San Jose.
View the full schedule below...
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Asked it he had anything to prove to Tampa Bay, he said no.
"It's not about proving anybody wrong," Lecavalier said. "I want to prove (the Flyers) right. (The Lightning) made a business decision. I don't have anything against them. They do everything the right way. The thing for me was to move on. That's all."
In 14 seasons and 1,037 games with the Lightning, Lecavalier, the No. 1 pick of the 1998 draft, had 383 goals (a team record), 491 assists and 874 points.
The four-time All-Star was captain from 1999-2001 and 2008-13. He was the first Tampa Bay player to score 50 goals (52 in 2006-07, when he won the Rocket Richard Trophy) and played on the 2004 Stanley Cup team.
"The memories I'll have for the rest of my life," he said. "It gives you a taste. You win one and now you want to win another one."
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Now, the Flyers will be without first-line winger Hartnell (upper-body injury) and Lecavalier (lower-body injury), who has been one of their more consistent players to start. Both players will be out "at least a week," according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Both Hartnell and Lecavalier will need MRIs to further investigate their injuries. Holmgren said more information will be available today.
Replays were inconclusive as to exactly what happened to either player. Hartnell left after the first period. Lecavalier took his last shift with 48 seconds remaining in the second period.
"I didn't see what happened at all," Berube said.
more on the Flyers' loss last night...
Below, watch how Lecavalier suffered his lower-body injury...
via the Flyers PR department...
The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-4, 215-lb free-agent center Vincent Lecavalier to a multi-year contract, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
"It is a great honor for me to be a part of the Flyers,” Lecavalier said. “This is a great hockey team with a great history which I'm very proud to be a part of. I'm going to do my best to help lead this team to another championship."
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Try this exercise before rushing to judgment on the $22.5-million (U.S.) the Philadelphia Flyers paid to sign Vincent Lecavalier to a five-year contract Wednesday – which, admittedly, seemed like an odd NHL marriage at first blush:
What is the actual value of a No. 2 centre, with Lecavalier’s size (6 foot 4, 208 pounds) and pedigree, on the open market?
And just for a moment, forget Philadelphia’s salary-cap issues, or its inability to land a starting goaltender beyond Steve Mason.
If you were evaluating the transaction strictly as a hockey deal, you’d have to say it was a defensible acquisition for a team that believes it has to bounce right back into the NHL’s elite after a miserable season in which it missed the playoffs.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Nobody should feel bad for Vinny Lecavalier. He's doing the Bobby Holik double-dip, getting paid tens of millions of dollars by not one but two NHL teams.
Lecavalier's going to get $22.5 million over the next five seasons from Philly at the same time he starts to draw on his buyout from Tampa Bay, which is about $30 million spread over 14 years.
Still, remember all the nonsense in the last collective bargaining squabble over the players insisting on a "make whole" provision, that contracts that were signed before the lockout should and must be paid in whole down to the very penny?
It's was horse-bleep then, and it's even more so now.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Is Vincent Lecavalier a bigger name than he is a player at this stage of his professional career? That is a matter NHL teams will need address in the days heading toward July 5.
Lecavalier (left) is not as old as you might think, 33, but this coming season will be his 15th in the NHL. He is not the star he once was. He is not a candidate for Team Canada, where once he was assured a place.
And he has missed 20% of his team’s games the past three seasons after seven years of averaging 80 games a season. How much is left with Lecavalier, and how much is he willing to give? In the past, both the Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens thought they had acquired him in what would have been mega-deals.
He’s not a mega-deal player anymore. He’s still capable. The question is: How engaged will he be in his 15th season and his first outside Tampa Bay, after being informed he would be bought out by the Lightning. If you’ve watched enough of the Lightning in recent years, he had taken on a secondary role. The team that signs him will be dealing as much from hope as anything else.
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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
The way a group of nuns sit around talking about the Pope. Or guitarists speak in reverent tones of Clapton.
“Vinny,” announced Jay Feaster on Friday, “is a very, very talented guy. That’s a tough day for the franchise in Tampa. I started in pro hockey the same year Vinny started with the Lightning.
“Special guy. Special player.”
Vincent Lecavalier is a free man come July 5.
Might his old boss, Feaster, smitten by nostalgia for a collaboration that helped snag a Stanley Cup in 2004, be pitching ardent woo the minute the clock strikes the witching hour on free-agency?
Goodness, let’s hope not.
Toronto, Montreal and Detroit are expected to be among the heavy-hitters in the line-up, offering somewhere in the neighborhood of three years at $4.5 to $5 million per season. However, if that's the going rate the list of teams interested will grow considerably.
-Darren Dreger of TSN on a few teams who will have interest in Vinny Lecavalier. Read more at TSN plus some names in the trade talks...
"As a hockey player you want to win, you want to be in a situation where you think a team can have success and or a team that can be close to turning it around and you think they can really make that push, and I think that's going to be one of my [main] motivations."
-Vinny Lecavalier today during a media conference call. More at CBC.
Listen to his opening statement of the media conference.
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...
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning will use a compliance buy-out, as allowed by the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, on center Vincent Lecavalier, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Lecavalier becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 5, eligible to sign with any team in the NHL, except Tampa Bay. The Lightning will pay Lecavalier two-thirds of the value of his existing contract over twice the term of the deal.
“Vinny has been a significant reason for many of our past successes, including the 2004 Stanley Cup, and his contributions to the community are immeasurable,” said Yzerman upon announcing the buyout. “The Lightning organization is indebted to Vinny; we thank him for all he has done here and we wish him well as he moves forward.
“After much internal deliberation, we believe this will prove to be a pivotal move for us as we strive to achieve our long term goal of competing at the highest level, year-in, year-out. The economics and structure of the CBA are necessitating this decision and we at the Lightning are excited at the newly created opportunities this presents to us.”
John Fontana of Raw Charge informs us Steve Yzerman sent out an emaill this morning regarding buying out Lecavalier...
I am writing to inform you that we have elected to "buy-out" the contract of Vincent Lecavalier today. Working under the parameters set forth in the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA), each National Hockey League team is permitted two "compliance buy-outs" over the next two years. We have elected to use one of these buyouts to better position ourselves to operate under this new CBA. In buying-out Vinny's contract we are creating approximately $7.7 million of salary cap space for each of the next seven seasons as his contract will no longer count against the team's cap.
The decision to part ways with Vinny was not made easily. In fact, it will cost the Lightning (and owner Jeff Vinik) nearly $32.7 million over the next 14 years. However, after much internal deliberation, we believe this will prove to be a pivotal move for us as we strive to achieve our long term goal of competing at the highest level year-in, year-out.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Malone and Lecavalier's agent, Kent Hughes, said on Tuesday that they had not heard anything from the team regarding a buyout. But Hughes said, "We understand it's something they might be contemplating. It would be natural to do so."
Added Malone: "It occupies zero of my thoughts. I have no control over it. If they want to buy me out, there's nothing I can do. I would try to prove them wrong. It is what it is."
With more than $60 million in salary cap commitments for 2013-14 and up to five roster spots to fill, Tampa Bay could certainly use the cap relief. Buying out Lecavalier (with seven years, $45 million left on his deal and a $7.727 annual cap hit) and/or the oft-injured Malone (with two, years, $5 million left on his contract and a $4.5 million annual cap hit) certainly would create that.
In Lecavalier's case, it also would relieve Tampa Bay (if Lecavalier retires before the end of his deal) of potential significant penalties under the new salary cap recapture rule.
via Peter Pupello at the Tampa Bay Lightning website,
Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier has been placed on Injured Reserve, which means he will miss a minimum of seven days, as a result of sustaining a lower body injury. He is listed by the team as being out indefinitely.
The injury, head coach Guy Boucher said, is unrelated to a previous incident in February in which he was inadvertently struck in the foot by a hard slap shot from teammate Sami Salo.
Rather, this injury, Boucher confirmed, occurred on Tuesday night against the Panthers in Sunrise, where in the third period Lecavalier was knocked down near the net and skated off to the bench hunched over, appearing to be in pain.
As mentioned, there is no specific timetable for Lecavalier's return, but general manager Steve Yzerman said he did expect the Bolts captain to be out for more than seven days. The good news, however, is that Yzerman said Lecavalier would not require surgery.
If the Lightning wants to someday add a second Stanley Cup to the trophy case, it needs to make a significant change. Trading Lecavalier would be pretty significant. And as heart-wrenching as it sounds, it's also necessary.
-Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times where you can read more why he feels the need to trade Vinny Lecavalier.
You be the judge, did Lecavalier throw a late punch?
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier will not play in tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks due to an undisclosed upper-body injury that head coach Guy Boucher said “popped up” on Monday at the team’s practice, during which Lecavalier left the ice early.
He is out indefinitely, with no certain timetable for a return. Shortly following his early exit from the rink on Monday, Lecavalier had an MRI exam which he says “revealed no gray areas” and on Tuesday, following the team’s morning skate, stated that he does not believe surgery will be necessary. Still, the timing of the injury is one the captain said is “unfortunate.”
continued and Lecavalier was seen this morning wearing a soft cast on his right hand/wrist.
from Damian Cristodero tweets,
Lightning’s Lecavalier left arena without talking to reporters. Coach Boucher said he believes Lecavalier thought Malkin went for his knees
Malkin told Pittsburgh reporters he was ducking to protect himself from a check.. “I wanted to save myself,” Malkin said.
Near the end of the video below, you will see Malkin ducking on a check from Lecavalier.
The Lecavalier Leap gives the goal an exclamation point!
“I’m talking about Tampa Bay’s Lecavalier, who became involved in a slashing affair with P.K. Subban late in the first period – after what appeared to be an attempted slew-foot by the first-year defenceman on Lecavalier. There was some pushing and shoving between the two, which is where this should have been brought to an abrupt stop by the officials with a couple of minor penalties – and wasn’t.
Only nine seconds remained when Lecavalier retaliated to a Subban slash with a two-hander which, in the view of the officials merited only a minor for the Canadiens defenceman and a slashing major and game misconduct for Lecavalier.
The easy thing would be to blame the officials, but the guy who should bear the brunt of the blame is Lecavalier. Subban is trying to develop a reputation, and the best way to do it is to get involved in clashes with superstars.
What I’m saying is that Lecavalier should know better than to react the way he did….”
-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette where you can read more about the Tampa/Montreal game.
Watch the slash if you missed this KK post last night.
P.K. Subban:gets 2 minutes, slashing while Vincent Lecavalier receives 5 minutes for slashing, a 10 and a game misconduct.
19:51 Montreal P.K. Subban: 2 minutes, slashing
19:51 Tampa Bay Vincent Lecavalier: 10 minutes, game misconduct
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.”
via Tampa Bay Lightning tweet,
The Lightning’s Vinny Lecavalier will miss 3-4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his right hand suffered tonight in Washington.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
With training camp still beyond the horizon and loads of free agents still twisting in the wind there’s always time to start thinking about players that might capture our imaginations come training camp and beyond, those players that may step to the fore or wilt under the pressure of our watchful eye. And so it is that we take a look at the top players by position that we’ll be paying particular attention come the start of the 2010-2011 season.
Down the middle we’ll be curious about how a group of veteran pivots respond to some tough times, and what a couple of kids do after jumping into the spotlight last season.
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
The past few years haven’t been kind to the former No. 1 overall draft pick and the face of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Whether it was shoulder and wrist injuries or rumors of being dealt because of his monster contract, a cloud has hovered over Lecavalier. The Lightning captain has seen his goal totals drop systematically from 52 to 24 over the past four seasons. But new GM Steve Yzerman has apparently assured Lecavalier that he has no intention of moving him and perhaps that, along with good health, will see Lecavalier bounce back to elite status. If he does the Bolts should be back in the postseason.
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“Steve Yzerman could be the best thing that ever happened to Vinny Lecavalier. What Vinny really needs right now is direction from a man like Steve.”
-Jacques Demers. More on Lecavalier from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times.
Damian Cristodero of Lightining Strikes talks to Vinny Lecavalier,
On being an elite player again: Yeah, definitely. That was three years ago (winning the Richard Trophy). It wasn’t 10 years ago. I’m still young. I’m still strong. I’m going to come back next year and try to do it.
On pinpointing last season’s troubles: I felt that maybe I could have shot even more. It’s really tough to say. I know I say that every single time, but it really is confidence and what you build on. There was so much inconsistency, I never really got into a rhythm. A little bit more after the (Olympic) break, but you don’t want to start when there’s 20 games left. You want to start at the first of the year. I felt I trained hard last summer and was ready to go. It didn’t happen the way I wanted it to.
There are GMs who just might see his cap hit ($7.7 million) as a distasteful but simple way to get to the salary cap floor while they sell at least the hope that Lecavalier might decide he does want to again play to his ability. Factor in a buyout over the last four years and it’s a doable deal for certain clubs. Toronto could certainly afford it and that market may well appeal to Lecavalier. The New York Rangers do things like this all the time and never seem to tire of it even when they regularly blow up in GM Glen Sather’s face.
-Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated. More on this plus additional hockey talk.
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
The Lightning are coming off the Olympic break, the one they went into reeling. Vinny Lecavalier led the way, reeling right along. It’s time for No. 4 to get off his butt, or his contract, and be a captain and lead a playoff charge, score like a shooting star, perform like the highest-paid player in the National Hockey League.
Don’t hold your breath.
That Vinny doesn’t play here anymore.
Vincent Lecavalier is making $10 million this season, more than Sidney Crosby, more than Alex Ovechkin, more than anyone. Did you know that? Some nights it’s like common thievery. Vinny is shortchanging his team - and his own talent.
from Gary Shelton of the St. Petersburg Times,
Why has Lecavalier backslid? Who knows? One theory is that Lecavalier isn’t playing well because he doesn’t trust the current ownership. If so, that would be disappointing, because most competitors don’t get their fire from the guy in the owner’s box. But if I’m Vinik, I have a heart-to-heart with Lecavalier on the first day I own the team. I tell him I think he is capable of more.
Over time, Vinik has a lot of questions to answer. He has to decide what to do with his general manager, with his head coach, with his marketing plan, with his budget, with his blueprint.
First, there is Vinny.
For a new owner, that’s where hope begins.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
When the Montreal Canadiens make the transition from Bob Gainey to Pierre Gauthier later today – presumably on an interim basis to start – I suspect the one question that everybody wants answered is one that won’t be; and that is, what was the plan that Gainey actually had in mind for the 2009-10 season and not the one that was actually put in place, which involved throwing a lot of money at Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri. I suspect two things: One, that it wasn’t – and that the moves that he put in place were a fallback plan after his pursuit of Vincent Lecavalier fell short; and two, we won’t hear the definitive answer in a public forum, even if it would a lot of last year’s machinations into their proper perspective.
But like a lot of Habs watchers, you had to think that Gainey knew the value of putting a French-Canadian superstar such as Lecavalier in a Montreal sweater, and not just because of his heritage either.
from Ken Campbell and Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
The Tampa Bay Lightning ownership fiasco could come to an end soon, but speculation that the team will deal captain Vincent Lecavalier is just beginning to heat up.
According to multiple sources, the NHL is negotiating the sale of the Lightning and the five-acre parcel of land adjacent to the St. Petes Times Forum from the OK Hockey Group to Boston-based financier Jeffrey Vinik for an estimated price of $170 million.
Tampa Bay with a 3-0 shutout of Montreal tonight, highlighted by Vinny’s goal.
from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times,
...here we are, 50 games into a season, and this is a Lecavalier we barely know. The player who led the entire NHL in goals less than three years ago is now third on his own team. A player who once scored 52 goals in a season is now on pace for 21.
He has gone from being the face of a franchise to being another face in the crowd. When his name comes up in trade rumors, no one around here is screaming that Lightning ownership is out of its mind.
So how did it get to this point, Vinny?
And, furthermore, what are you going to do about it?
Everyone around the Lightning seems to be waiting for Lecavalier to break out. For that game when he skates onto the ice and, once again, looks as if he owns it. For the moment when he realizes, at age 29, he is frittering away one of the prime years of his career.
via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The Ottawa Sun reported Sunday, citing an unnamed league source, that Rangers GM Glen Sather contacted Tampa Bay GM Brian Lawton in an effort to spark trade talks for Lecavalier, the Lightning captain who has a no-trade clause.
That report, according to Lawton, is “completely false.” Lawton laughed and said he hasn’t even spoken to Sather in weeks.
“He hasn’t contacted me to inquire about that,” Lawton said. “That absolutely did not happen.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Vincent Lecavalier could be headed to Broadway and a reunion with John Tortorella, his coach from the 2004 Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
A league source said New York Rangers GM Glen Sather — who’s desperate to find an answer to his club’s season-long, goal-scoring struggles — reached out to Lightning counterpart Brian Lawton to spark trade talks.
A second league executive insisted Lecavalier, who had just 11 goals in 46 games this season entering last night’s action — is on the market.
While the centre would have to waive his no-movement clause to be reunited with Tortorella, the talk is the Rangers are willing to offer up a package to kick-start an offence that had scored 120 goals in 47 games.
That whisper is that package would be D Matt Gilroy, D Wade Redden and either C Brandon Dubinsky or RW Ryan Callahan.
continued plus additional rumors…
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
Lecavalier and long-time girlfriend Caroline Portelance are expecting the couple’s first child in May. It’s something Lecavalier will discuss when the time is right, but that time is not right now.
So, the focus of what is in the paper is Lecavalier’s play of late, which has been on the rise since a a two-month long slump. And it’s not just the three goals and eight assists in the past seven games. It’s been the whole package, driving the net, being physical, playing good defense, backchecking, winning faceoffs.