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Lecavalier says he wants to stick with Lightning

May 20, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning made some big changes once it was clear that the 2013 season was going down the tubes. With Vincent Lecavalier‘s big contract and frequent injury headaches in mind, some might wonder if a trade might be in his future, but the Lightning’s captain told the Tampa Bay Times that isn’t the case.

“Yeah, I want to be here,” Lecavalier said. “I want to play here the rest of my career and I’ve always said that and will keep saying it. I’ve been here for 15 years now. I’m proud to be part of this organization.”

The 33-year-old acknowledged that this past season was a letdown, but he doesn’t think the Bolts are that far from being a playoff team.

“Not at all,” Lecavalier said. “It’s disappointing to look at it that way. People are going to look at it that way. I don’t feel like that at all. I’m still, I don’t want to say shocked, especially with the start we had. I thought for sure we were going to have a great year. That’s why it’s that disappointing.”

With Tampa Bay’s core pieces locked up for at least next season, it’s all about improvement from within – for both the Lightning and Lecavalier.

  1. letsgolightning - May 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    I like Vinny overall. I think he’s a decent leader; guys seem to respect him. He plays physical, and when he’s not hurt, adds some good offense. But I find it hard to rationalize carrying him for a larger cap hit than Marty or Stammer, and we still owe the guy nearly $40 mil over the next four seasons.

    Unfortunately, a buyout means $30 mil in cash would still be due to him, which makes it “inexpensive” to keep him for the seven years remaining on his contract. Which means, also unfortunately, that $7.7 mil of our cap is accounted for, for the foreseeable future.

    And as to his NTC, I find it hard to believe anyone would be willing to pay that much cash and cap hit for him in trade. I don’t like saying this about one of the reasons we won a cup, but his contract is holding this team back- and there’s nothing either side could reasonably do about it.

    • killerpgh - May 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      With the new CBA teams are allowed to retain part of a players salary. Pretty sure it’s 15% of what the teams cap number will be. So in theory the Lightning could keep 3 million on Vinny’s cap hit will trading him and the team getting him would only be charged with a 4.727 cap hit.

  2. gotampabay52 - May 20, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Hope you stay Vinny

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 21, 2013 at 3:06 AM

      Of course he wants to stay. Driving to work in a snowstorm, and shoveling it later, kinda sucks.

  3. jacketsfan7 - May 20, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    Trade him to Phoenix they could use him

  4. devilsarethebest - May 20, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    That’s just fine. Nobody else wants him.

    • mathieug79 - May 21, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      that’s funny because your devils have been making the playoffs, with a lot of “older” guys, some of them even overpaid. Let’s face it, why wouldn’t buy out his contract and resign him on the cheap-side for 2-3 years? he’ll make more money this way. Our cap hit won’t take too much of a hit. Malone should be gone in the offseason, as much as I hate seeing him go.

      As far as UFA’s this offseason, doubt Tampa sign anyone. Tampa bay will have the same team as this season but injected with a lot more younger guys, expect to see Barberio, Gudas, Tyler Johnson, Brett Connolly, Ondrej Palat, Richard Panik, and maybe our 3rd Overall pick.

      I expect Steve Yzerman to make a roster spot for them, I would also like to see Yzerman get a “real” fighter (unlike BJ Crombeen), so we don’t get embarrassed everytime the Opponent want to drop the gloves.

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