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Stamkos, St. Louis and Lecavalier won’t bolt for Europe…yet

Nov 27, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos

Given the large number of skilled players offered work overseas, you’d think the Tampa Bay trio of Steve Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier would be in hot demand.

And they very well might be. But for now, all three are sticking in North America.

That was the word out of Tampa on Tuesday as the trio stated its collective desire to stay home and wait for a new CBA to be reached.

“Whenever we do start, and I don’t care what you did all summer, when you get into getting hit, it takes you about two weeks to catch up,” St. Louis told the Tampa Tribune. “But once you get into games, it’s like (the snap of a finger). It comes back, so I’m not too worried about that.”

St. Louis, 37, has toyed with the notion of going to Europe, but has stayed back in part because of his family. During the last lockout, he played for HC Lausanne of the Swiss National League “A”.

On Monday, Stamkos and Lecavalier — who played for AK Bars of the Russian league in 2004-05 — also re-iterated their desire to stay home rather than play abroad.

Player agent Mark Guy confirmed that Stamkos will continue to workout in his hometown near Toronto, while Lecavalier told the paper he’s hopeful the season will start soon, given how close the two sides are.

“If you do the math (on CBA negotiations) it’s not that far apart,” he explained.

“We’ll see what the week brings. I still like to think that there is reason to be optimistic.”

  1. matt8204 - Nov 27, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Math and mentality are two different things, Vinny. Both sides are still at each other’s throats and want to stick it to each other. They’re still more interested in scoring PR points and one-upping the other side. Like the fans give a damn who “wins”. Do you really think the fans will taunt you on your return if you make concessions? What are they going to say? “Haha, you only make $2 million a year now instead of three?”

    • tbbolts91 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:58 PM

      You think you’re more informed than Vinny Lecavalier?

      • matt8204 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:03 PM

        When did I say that? I just think that if it came down to simple math, they’d have figured it out by now. If you don’t think this is a battle of egos (at least to some extent), I think you’re a bit naive. Look at all the rhetoric coming from both sides.

    • stakex - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

      Actually it would be more like “Haha, you only make $2.6 million instead of $3 million”, and thats before you get into the “make whole” aspect.

      Which just helps highlight the fact just how little money they are fighting over right now.

      • matt8204 - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

        Exactly, and it was the point I was trying to make. No one is asking these guys to take a vow of poverty. They’ll still make more than 99 percent of the population. And again…the PR war is kind of silly. Do you think the average fan cares who “wins” this battle? They just want to see hockey.

  2. id4joey - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Though I grossly overestimated the intellectual capacity of the players to make a deal in Oct or Nov, I remain optimistic that they will soon come to their senses. What I believe to have estimated accurately was the owners resolve to get the “take it or leave” deal they want.

  3. hockinj25 - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Haha, “bolt for Europe.” You guys are so funny.

    • Mike Halford - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      Thank you, thank you. /takes bow

  4. jaybertx - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    I miss watching these guys every night.

  5. tampabayirish - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    If I remember correct, wasn’t Vinny making something like $6 million or $8 million per year thanks to that long term deal he signed awhile back?

  6. joeyashwi - Nov 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    “take it or leave it” deal…that says it all. The owners never had any intention of “negotiating”. To those of you hating on the players, don’t watch them! Instead marvel at how nice the pompous owners look in their luxury suites making money off the blood and sweat of their “cattle”. Better yet, watch the Dow or NASDAQ numbers since it’s obvious that you are much more interested in business than hockey.

    • id4joey - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      The owners have a right to protect their invested dollars. The union is there to ensure players working conditions are adequate and they are sufficiently compensated. A 7 or 10% decrease in salary is not an interesting proposition for any employee. Is it worth losing a full year’s salary?

  7. sampa71 - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    tampabayirish…Vinny is making $10m per year (7th highest in the NHL) although cap hit is $7.7m thanks to his front end loaded 11 year contract. He will be 40 when his contract expires. I’m all for limiting contract length to 5 or 6 years. Besides the fact that these contracts were designed to get around the cap, they are risky for the teams and players seem to lose steam when mega income is guaranteed for the rest of their careers. Vinny is a good (or bad) example of this

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