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Report: Red Wings are out of Lecavalier sweepstakes

Jul 2, 2013, 4:21 PM EST

Vincent Lecavalier AP

Vincent Lecavalier apparently won’t be headed to the Motor City.

John Shannon of Sportsnet reports the Detroit Red Wings have been told they are no longer in the hunt for the former Lightning captain.

The Wings have an opening on their second line for a center with Valtteri Filppula headed to free agency and had thoughts on bringing in Lecavalier. With his contract likely coming in at $5 million per year on a long term, that would’ve been tough for Detroit to swallow anyhow.

ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun says the race for Vinny’s services could come down to Boston, Dallas, or Montreal with the Habs being the top choice if he wants to go there. The Stars have been rumored to be heavily in on Lecavalier as it offers a similar setting to Tampa Bay.

As for Detroit, they’re exploring other options at center and are ready to move when free agency starts on July 5.

  1. hockeytowninhabitant - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    I’m honestly shocked by this, anyone knows why?

    • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      this is why PHT links their sources. seems like Vinny’s picking where he wants to go…. and it wasn’t DET

  2. operwapitsai - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    what about the caps:(

  3. jimw81 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    holmgren must of offered him a iron clad nmc.

  4. ludacrish05 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Oates and the caps need this guy badly

  5. ludacrish05 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Oates and the caps need this guy badly

    • ibieiniid - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

      Oates and the caps need this guy badly

  6. jeffchadwick - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Five years/$25 million for a guy with a couple recent (albeit minor) health issues who’s going on 34 could be a huge risk. I understand why the Wings bailed (if they did).

    • letsgolightning - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      For the last three seasons now, he’s only showed up in about 80% of our games. I think GMs may be keeping in mind that whatever they pay, they may only get 60ish games out of it. Now, that’s still a lot of games, but I’m sure it weighs in their decisions (and in Yzerman’s to buy him out).

  7. tradebait9 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    If Vinny was smart and wanted to win another Cup he would go to Chicago and replace Handzus.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      He’s already going to make a pile under the buyout, so insisting on 5 mil to go to a non-contender would be puzzeling. Boston or Montrael make more sense, I I sure would not go for the max greed thing.

  8. nicwel - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I would say Vinny goes back home to a Montreal team on the rise. But I could see why he is interested in Dallas with Jim Nill calling the shots. Whoever picks him up will definitely be big winners this off season.

  9. jakreidler - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    In Kenny we trust. 5mil for a second line center? This shouldn’t be a surprise. Although if we could find a way to dump Franzen it might be a completely different story.

  10. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    The French media and fans in Montreal will be pissed off…. not that I care. Turning his back on Montreal, which I think he should, after the numerous times he’s said that he would like to play Montreal will upset a lot of people.

    • valoisvipers - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      I too would love for Vinny to snub the Habs and would enjoy the media trashing him afterwards.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

        He has, and the fans have started to voice their displeasure via their “bird chirp” accounts.

  11. DED - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    He’s getting $32.67 million from next season through 2020 from the buyout. That’s $4.66 million per year. How much more is he asking? I would think he’d sign for $3 million or less with a Cup contender. Isn’t that what it’s all about? How much money does he need?

    • DED - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:34 PM

      I just checked the numbers at capgeek. I’m off on the per year and length of time on the buyout. He gets the first two years at $4.76 million, then one year at $3.76 million, then 11 years at $1.76 million.

  12. pastabelly - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    As a Bruins fan, I hope he goes to Montreal. His numbers have been declining and I would rather see the Bruins spend that kind of money on Dupuis or Clarkson or less to bring back Ryder. The Wings made the right move in getting out of this ridiculous bidding war. Peter Chiarelli needs to show a bit of restraint here.

    • scalfor3 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      I’d love to see Vinny in Boston, but not for 5 years $25 mill. Too much for a guy in his 30s with injury concerns.

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