Is Tampa ready to part ways with superstar Vincent Lecavailer.

Tampa Bay Online is denying speculation that the Lightning may be willing to trade superstar Vincent Lecavailer.

The rumors have come from the belief that the Tampa Bay ownership is in financial difficulties and may be willing to part with any player on his roster in order to reduce team salary. To deny this rumor it is noted that Lecavailer presently has an 85 million dollar long term contract and that the present owner fully intends to honor this contract.

HTR believes that normally when there is smoke there is fire. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next several months leading up to the trade deadline as the Lightning have played very poorly this season.

Read the full article from

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2009/jan/10/100111/sp-lecavalier-trade-talk-dismissed/


31 Responses to Is Tampa ready to part ways with superstar Vincent Lecavailer.

  1. Plekanec says:

      If by some sort of MIRACLE Vinny becomes available and I'm saying "IF" as it is very unlikely for Vinny to be move after signing such a long term contract , Gainey should do anything in his power to get him and even if it means trading our top prospects, heres a proposal!

     To Tampa= Higgins, Koivu, Mcdonagh, Weber and 1st rounder

     To Montreal= Lecavalier

  2. greatlife15 says:

    Higgins sucks there I said it. Why does everyone think every team wants Higgins for their superstars?

  3. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    It's a mystery to me, the guy has had one season with 50+ points and has never really amazed me when I watch Habs games. He is also on pace for his lowest points total ever. And people ridicule leafs fans for thinking Kaberle is worth something…

  4. RealisticNick says:

    It would be hard to improve a point total when you are injured.

  5. leafy says:

    I would be stunned if Tampa traded Vinny. They need to be patient.

    Just imagine how Tampa would look if they get Tavares or Hedman.  They already got Stamkos last year.

    Yikes! That's why I'm rooting for Tampa (and Ottawa) in every game now.

  6. greatlife15 says:

    Not like he was going to improve on his 52 point total in 82 games last season when the Canadiens won 47 games?

  7. the_word says:

    I think he's been devalued because he's been linked in ten thousands trades, he's been reduced to the token piece of any trade for the Habs. Its hard for anyone to get excited over a talent so painfully available.

  8. the_word says:

    Can't see this trade happening. After what was done to Boyle if they turn on thier golden boy in Lecavialer then no superstar will ever want to sign (or extend a contract for that matter) with this gong show of an ownership group.

  9. Plekanec says:

     I only put him in the proposal because of cap purpose, plus if you didn't notice i also added Koivu, Weber, McDonagh and a 1st rounder in that trade.

     As for Higgins not being worth anything, obviously you don't have a clue! Higgins is the only Montreal Canadiens to ever score 20 plus goals at his first 3 season, every years he got better and his number of goals got greater ,all this and hasn't played a full season yet!

     

  10. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    I don't think he sucks, but he doesn't look like he'll ever be a high points producer. The fact that he's often on I.R. can't help, but he'll be hard pressed to score 50+ points on a consistent basis.

    As for wanting Vinnie in Montreal, I say PASS. The contract he signed was insane and will handcuff TB, or anyone who will deal for him, for the next 10 years at a pretty high salary.

    Montreal should stay on course, mortgaging the future or ruining the team's salary cap is not the way to go.

  11. MTL_HABS_24 says:

    I don't think he sucks, but he doesn't look like he'll ever be a high points producer. The fact that he's often on I.R. can't help, but he'll be hard pressed to score 50+ points on a consistent basis.

    As for wanting Vinnie in Montreal, I say PASS. The contract he signed was insane and will handcuff TB, or anyone who will deal for him, for the next 10 years at a pretty high salary.

    Montreal should stay on course, mortgaging the future or ruining the team's salary cap is not the way to go.

  12. TradeMaster66 says:

    Columbus: Lecavier

    Tampa Bay: Filatov, Brassard(when he comes back),1st in 09, 010, 011

  13. TradeMaster66 says:

    Boi tampa doesnt care how big players contracts are, or if they have NTC has a matter of fact look at dan boyle for example. 6.6m a year and a NTC signed in febuary, by july 5th he was the sharks top d man

  14. DandoEagle says:

    hey does anyone remember a guy named wayne gretzky

    got traded twice.

    It can happen to Lecavalier.

  15. greatlife15 says:

    Psttt. Last year he played 82 games. and in 2005-06 he played 80. Damn close to a full season.

  16. TheStryker says:

    If this is true which I doubt Montreal will have to over pay. Tampa would ask more from the Habs than any other team.

    Lecavalier.Artyukhin
    To Montreal for
    Pleckanec,Higgins,Subban,D'agostini,Halak,1st in 2009,2nd in 2010

  17. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    That does not matter. I looked up Higgins' stats according to TSN, right now he is on pace for 62 games played (I know it will get lower but it is relevant to my point.) and just 26 points, and a 9.15 shot percentage. Okay he can't get more points until he plays true but let's take into account 2 years ago, Higgins was injured and played just 61 games but put up 38 points (12 more points than on pace for this season) and a 13.84 shot percentage (4.69 % higher than what he is on pace for). So whether he were injured or playing every game this season he is currently playing his worst season in the NHL. How much value should that give him??

  18. LEAFSLEAFSLEAFS1967 says:

    Hasn't played a full season?? What are you smoking? Unless you are talking about this season then you would make sense sort of, although I'm pretty sure you can say that nobody has.

  19. lookche says:

    his contract was always expiring though – he left EDM because of the money and was a rental player for St Louis from his expiring LA contract in 95 or 96. Then he signed as a FA with the Rangers. Vinny is quite the opposite.

  20. CanadianbornPlaya says:

    Tampa Bay and Phoenix are both going to fold before next season. Hopefully that idiot, (know-nothing, rule inventing) Gary Bettman, will approve a team for Hamilton/Kitchner and Winnipeg. Bring back the Jets!!! The only people that go to games in Florida are Canadians on vacation. One team in more than enough.

  21. CanadianbornPlaya says:

    Change Subban to Koivu and the deal is done.

  22. Viceroy says:

    Sheesh another Koivu-hating doofus.

    No concept of loyalty, hard work and merit having sonofa…
  23. Viceroy says:

    Dayum buddy you still aren't giving up on your hope of the Habs trading Koivu and having your gritless idol Plekanec as our no.1 center? Well you see I prefer having a center that when the game is on the line is willing to sacrifice his body for the W baby. I like Pleks and he plays a smooth 2-way game but he proved last year that when the games got tough he faded away.

  24. camerak says:

    Ryder had 20+ goals each of his first 3 seasons.

  25. simplyhabby says:

    To add to your EDM comment, he was traded from Edm to LA because Edm had no more money…Gretz did not leave because he wanted more money.

  26. PuckNuts says:

    The organization that is crazy enough to trade Vincent Lecavalier is also crazy enough to ask for half an NHL organization in return.

  27. simplyhabby says:

    I totally understand that any team will have to overpay to get Vinny but I will say it right now, 3 first rounders plus the most talked about d-man outside of Hedman not playing in the NHL plus a number 2 center and a "promising" but not proven first year NHLer is a lot to give up and I doubt Gainey would trade that much future for Vinny and Ary.

    I am not saying that could be the value needed to pry Vinny, just saying with a guy like Timmois as your head scout, that is way to many picks to give up for his likling.

    Personally, I can see Plex, Higgins, Fisher or McDonough and a couple of draft picks …first and a second for Vinny.

    That being said, this trade talk has been going on for years now and is really no closer then when it was first mentioned.  As for most trade rumours, it will likley not happen scpeially considering Vinny may just nix a trade because of the stakes of the best French player in the league playing in Montreal.  Its a nice dream though.

  28. SK74 says:

    Actually, according to Pierre McGuire on Montreal sports radio, and Bob McKenzie on tsn.ca, a trade has been proposed, including: Higgins Plekanec, Subban, Gorges, and a "and a package of draft picks including more than one first-round pick going to Tampa". Pierre McGuire said sources say that the draft picks proposed are a '09 first a '10 first and  a '10 third

    http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?id=262987&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl

  29. ThunderFan74 says:

    considering a trade involving a superstar player like vinny lecavalier any fan like myself would welcome the idea but even if he is on the outs teams like the habs are able to pursue the star centre he doesnt have a no-trade clause it does take effect july 1 he is a costly player his salary is fairly high at 6.875 mil for this year and for the next 11 years its at 7.727 mil so considering the media reports and what bob gainey said he spoke about his interest in him here is what i propose

    to tampa bay
    C-Tomas Plekanec 1.8 mill
    LW-Chris Higgins 1.9 mill
    G-Jaroslav Halak .750 k
    D-Ryan O'byrne .941 k
    2nd and 3rd rd draft picks in 2009 and a 1st and 4th rd draft pick in 2010

    to Montreal
    C Vincent Lecavalier 6.875
    the rights to G Riku Helenius

    ts for their rebuilding process which they should have continued when they drafted stamkos its like a brad richards trade involving goaltenders i like this trade and i would like to see any other variables of change but i would give a whole lot to get a really good player for long term picks in the next 2 years and 4 young players that have really good value and are projected to be 2nd line players and a projected 4th defensman and another projected top goaltender it doesnt seem to much but it actually is and if this happens in the near future the cup is surely in the hands of the habs again but other than a chance at the playoffs for tampa bay they are currently sitting 13 points out of a playoff spot realisticly tampa should start to rebuild

    rosters

    Montreal
    Tanguay-Lecavalier-A.Kovalev
    S.Kostitsyn-Koivu-A.Kostitsyn
    Pacioretty-Lang-D'Agostini
    Latendresse-Lapierre-Kostopolous

    Markov-Komisarek
    Hamrlik-Gorges
    Weber-Bouillon
    Brisebois

    Price
    Denis

    Tampa bay
    Prospal-Stamkos-St.Louis
    Malone-Plekanec-Higgins
    Roberts-Halpern-Recchi
    Jokinen-Craig-Hall
    Pettinger,Koci,Szczechura

    Meszaros-Malik
    Krajicek-Eminger
    Smaby-O'Byrne
    Ranger,Mihalik

    Halak
    Smith
    Kolzig,Ramo

  30. SK74 says:

    Actually, according to Pierre McGuire on Montreal sports radio, and Bob McKenzie on tsn.ca, a trade has been proposed, including: Higgins Plekanec, Subban, Gorges, and a “and a package of draft picks including more than one first-round pick going to Tampa”. Pierre McGuire said sources say that the draft picks proposed are a ’09 first a ’10 first and  a ’10 third

    http://www.tsn.ca/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?id=262987&lid=headline&lpos=topStory_nhl

    I think  Higgins, Plekanec, Gorges, Subban, 2 Firsts and something from another first to a third is definately overpaying. However you have to look at it in the eyes of Gainey and what he’ll be left with. First off, three roster players in Higgins, Plek and Gorges. While higgins and, until recently, plekanec have both been playing sub-par Gorges has exceed expecatations and has become uite good, and is starting to show some offensive upside.

    Higgins, a winger, is definately a guy you want on your team, hes got balls and heart, and is  great guy in the lockeroom, however, look at the many wingers we have: Kostitsyn Bros, Pacioretty, Latendresse and D’Agostini all of whom are signed past this year.Then we have kovalev and tanguay, both of whom are UFA, and i believe, especially if lecavalier were to come here, only one of them would be back, unless major, and pretty much ridiculous paycuts were to be made, which probably won’t happen. So getting rid of higgins isn’t THAT big a deal in regards to top 6 potential wingers.

    Giving up Gorges and Subban, regarded as one of the best defensemen outside the NHL, is regretable, however D-men is defibnately the strong-point of our farm system. Fischer and McDonaugh are most likely gonna be in the AHL next year, and possibly even the NHL for McDonaugh. Valentenko signed a deal with a team in russia last year, however in that contract a clause existsthat says, if hed liek he can come join montreal after one season. Emelin’s contract is over after this year, and has publicly stated he would liek to come paly for Montreal. And as far as a powerplay-quarterback goes, well he may not have the potential and leadership subban has, but mathieu Carle, does also have potential to be a top-4 D-man and an Anchor on the powerplay.

    Lastly, Plekanec, centrre is definately the weakest part of the Canadians organization but while giving up Plekanec, a pretty good number 2 center, we’re getting lecavalier, a franchise center. Making Koivu, who regardless of what all you haters and nay-sayers are saying WILL be resigned, our number 2 center.
     So as far as players go, i see nothign wrong with this trade. The only thing i dislike is 2, possibly even three first roundrs going back their way. Buti guess you can say Montrreal does draft reasonably well, and its not like our farm-system is weak either, so while giving up those picks is the worst part of the trade, I think in the end, I’d take Lecavlier over three firsts.

    Keep in mind that higgins and Plekanec are both RFAs after this year.

    Lineup for next Year:(I believe Tanguay will be back, as well as Koivu, while kovalev will not.)

    AK46-LECAVALIER-SK74
    PACIORETTY-KOIVU-TANGUAY
    D’AGOSTINI-LAPIERRE-LATENDRESSE
    LARAQUE-CHIPCHURA-KOSTOPOULOS
    (Begin/Maxwell/Stewart rotating/filling in)

    MARKOV-KOMISAREK
    HAMRLIK-(possible signing)/MCDONAUGH
    BOUILLON-O’BYRNE
    (Webber/Carle/Fischer/Emelin/Valentenko)
    pretty much whoever does best in camp

  31. SK74 says:

    btw i guess what i'm saying is that althoguh we are DEFINATELY overpaying i believe it's worth it because we definately have enough to compensate for our losses if the traade were to go down. We currently do not have neough room on our roster. Why do you think grabovski was traded, we knew how good he was, and how good he could become, but we simply didnt have room for him, and playing 6-7 minuntes a game was simply a waste for what he is.

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