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Habs acknowledge ‘pretty high’ interest in Lecavalier

Jul 1, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

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It seems as if Vincent Lecavalier‘s name has been connected to the Montreal Canadiens for about as long as many people felt like he was making too much money. That association sprouted to mind following Lecavalier’s buyout, but rumor generators can feel empowered, as Habs GM Marc Bergevin admitted to NHL.com that the team is eyeing him.

The prankster-turned-exec provided an interesting take on the 1-to-10 scale.

“From 1 to 10?” Bergevin said when asked to describe the Canadiens’ interest in Lecavalier. “Pretty high.”

Someone asked if that “meant an eight,” prompting Bergevin to repond, “Safe to say. At least.”

Bergevin touted the 33-year-old’s size above all else.

Naturally, it all comes down to the price being right, but many people would be happy if Lecavalier ended up in Montreal.

Of course, he’d have to learn how to respect (or at least coexist with) P.K. Subban, though.

  1. desertfan - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    Lecavalier to VCR as third Center and #1 PP with the Sedins, Garrison and Kes.

    5 yrs @ $4M.

    • einjzmolf - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      You seriously think he’d take that over 5y/5m with the opportunity to be a 1C for a team in Dallas that could very well be on the rise in that time? He spoke to Dallas’ GM the other day. If he’s still capable of producing (thinking ray whitney here) the Stars would love to take him. But ofcourse, i’m crazy.

      • jovocop2112 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:38 PM

        If he wants to get traded away by the next deadline, totally

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    I think he’s way overrated lol. He’s not the Vincent from 7 years ago.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:09 PM

      Name me one player that’s the same from 7 years ago lol

  3. snipedanglecelly13 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Overrated!

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    No your not crazy , I think Vinny would be a great fit and a great #1 center man for Dallas , and he could certainly teach benn and erickson a lot

  5. sportsfaninyyc - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Lecavalier doesn’t have the guts to play in Montreal. He’s been offered big money before by the Habs, and turned it down. He likes to hang out in Montreal in the off season, and schmooze with retired Habs greats like Beliveau, and have his face in the papers and on TV, but he doesn’t have the stones to deal with the pressure of actually putting on a Habs sweater.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      This is what I would call intelligence. Why would he want to play in Montreal? Less money in Montreal than anywhere else, and them idiot hockey journalist who know nothing about the game. All they do is pin the French against the English players. Run Vinny! Run far far from Montreal.

      • sunderlanding - Jul 1, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        …because if you win they’ll build a statue of you and name schools after you? Isn’t the point of these guys to compete on the biggest stage possible? How great can someone be if they’re afraid of the big market places where the sport the claim to love actually matters.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        Big markets! No problem! Detroit, Boston, Toronto, NYR, or Chicago. When it comes to choosing they should stay clear of Montreal. Run Vinny! Run away from Montreal.

  6. ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Still can’t believe that Montreal offered Subban, Pacioretty, Price and a 1st rounder for VC a Few years ago

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      And Phi offered Giroux for Paul Ranger back in 08 trololololololol

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      The rumor was Tomas Plekanec, Chris Higgins, Josh Gorges and/or P.K. Subban.

      Read more: http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Hickey+Lecavalier+good/8594380/story.html#ixzz2XrBVfGz2

    • zulubamby - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:39 PM

      it’s to prouve you how stupid the gm was a couple of years ago! willing to give your best d-man, best p foward, one of your top 3 center and the soon to be best goalie in the league all that for a washed up player that can even produce half the points he was able to do not even 5 years ago! He played just enough to get his contract and after did nothing! stamkos and st-louis just prouved that they don’t need you in the team and that is the reason why you got bought back! he’s always hurt and wheb he is, it takes for ever for him to heal! if he plays on 3rd line and paid less then 4m a year yeah otherwise no! he’s a second Gionta!

  7. bruinsfan1953 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    I think Viinny would make a great Bruin , he doesn’t fall down when a player brushes him like most Canadians do

    • salmon90 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      We’re assuming you meant Canadiens. Not Canadians. Vinny is Canadian. Although he is from Quebec so I guess he technically is a Canadien.

    • spitfisher - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      he’d look great as a Horton replacement on the number one line

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      Odd comment from someone who’s team finished behind Les Habs again.

      • scalfor3 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

        You don’t get to talk smack when your team gets waxed like that in the first round.

  8. tbd3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    “From 1-10? Pretty high.” Glad this guy isn’t handling my team’s cap situation.

  9. lroc20 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Philly never offered Giroux for Paul f’ing Ranger. Quit listening to that idiot Panaccio

  10. blackhawks2010 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Ginny couldn’t score on the 2 and 3rd lines in Tampa against lesser competition. This is not the same Vinny from 2004, far from it. He’s a 3rd line C at best but can bring leadership. Merely a role player nowadays.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      He was off to a fantastic start this year before he got hurt. He was on track to rack up around 70 points. That’s not bad for a 33 year old. He’s gonna be a great pickup for every team, especially one like Dallas.

  11. beelza - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Philly needs another bad contract. Pitt. proved that anyone can throw a bunch of top shelf talent together and win a cup. First day Habs report for camp Subban will punch Gionta in the face, tear off that “C” and tape it on his chest. Naturally, PK and Vinny would play out like the real housewives of new jersey. Bruins have an old and slow and declining captain, so they need another one, right? Ahh, the red wings, they were 10 minutes away from the western conference finals, with starting 6 rookies, so detroit won’t take on Vinny. Looks like Vinny and Toronto. Bahahahaha

    • spitfisher - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Bruins have an old and slow and declining captain, so they need another one,

      old and slow captain??? A lot you know he has always been slow and the most feared to play against by the offensive lines.. Vinny will fit in fine, plus he’ll enjoy going deep into the playoffs for the next few years. Krejchi, Looch and Vinny would be a great line.

      hopefully it will happen.

  12. JC De La Torre - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    Is he the Vinny of ’04, of course not. But he’s still a good hockey player and at least a number two center.

    I hate that the goofballs from OK Hockey for trying to trade him and then when the deal went south tried to make it up with this god awful cap killing deal.

    Jeff Vinik is such an improvement over previous ownership. Fans are packing the Forum, there’s much more excitement in the community – it was like it used to be when the Bolts were making the playoffs consistently.

    Now…if only they could get back to the playoffs again…

    The loss of Vinny will hurt the team badly on the ice but may be better for the franchise in the long term.

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