Lecavalier going …

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

The New York Rangers would certainly be in the hunt for the struggling Vincent Lecavalier if he wants to waive his no-trade, no-move clause in Tampa Bay.

Why? Because the fiery John Tortorella was his Lightning coach and he’d look wonderful alongside Marian Gaborik.

But the Rangers would have to move about $10 million in salary to Tampa to make it work. Do the Lightning want centre Chris Drury and defenceman Michal Rozsival? I don’t think so.

The Los Angeles Kings might be the best suitor.

The Kings could use a centre to complement Anze Kopitar, have the salary-cap room, and have lots of young pieces to move to the Lightning.

One thing is very clear: Lecavalier badly needs a change of scenery, and with centre Steve Stamkos and defenceman Victor Hedman in Tampa, they’re the future. Vincent’s the past.


74 Responses to Lecavalier going …

  1. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Maturity…Probably Yes

  2. reinjosh says:

    apparently the scouts and coaches at the game think so
    and considering the team has won 5 gold medals in a row
    i would take their opinion over yours
    people get cut for different reasons
    some players cant handle the pressure of being picked for the team
    and apparently seguin couldnt
    just because you hate kadri doesnt mean he cant make the team

  3. lafleur10 says:

    with no decision in either cam! come on man wake up komisarek got destroyed in both of those fights badly! infact he had to resort to cheap shoting lucic in the face with a highstick last  year in the playoffs! as for laraque and orr larauqe clearly kicked his ass in the first game of the yerar it wasn't even close1 and in the link i showed of their first fight laraque nailed him with a left and he went down!

  4. lafleur10 says:

    i think you had better watch that again laraque wins easily!

  5. cam7777 says:

    laraque did not kick his ass – he did what he does when he is in trouble and tackled him to the ground.  orr landed more punches, so laraque had to wrestle.  that's fine, i still think laraque is a better fighter, i just don't think that fight was DOMINATION by laraque, like you are saying.  you're just being retardedly biased to watch that fight and say that laraque won hands down.

    but i wasn't even talking about that fight, i was talking about carkner getting destroyed in their first encounter.

    come on lafleur, you know you weren't singing the same tune when komisarek was a hab.  he separates his shoulder on the first two punches he throws in their first encounter.  in their second encounter, lucic only lands a punch once komisarek has already fallen to the ice (of his own accord).  i might give you that komisarek is a tad injury prone, or a tad clumsy, but those fights prove nothing.  lucic got a high-stick after head hunting komi – not saying he deserved it, but c'mon, if he's still a hab you're telling me that he's a gritty, emotional, captain like character.

    i think it speaks volumes that the players think the world of komisarek.  kostopoulous said he thinks letting komi go was a huge mistake.  carbonneau says it was the biggest mistake gainey has made (which is saying something since he traded for gomez).  don't crap on him because he's not a hab anymore – we wouldn't have done this if Sundin had joined your squad.  don't be petty.

  6. lafleur10 says:

    that's bullshit cam and you know it! the cbc caters to their hockey team(the toronto maple leafs0 they try and force them down the throats of all of canada!jim hughson has taken the place of bob cole the biggest leaf fan around and criag simpson too kisses the leafs fans ass at every chance he gets!!.i guess that is for all those years that he dissed the leafs and told them at the draft not to draft him that year.so to make it up to them and get a job at cbc he worships the leafs and kisses their ass all the time!there is no anti biased  come on cam ! cbc ,tsn sportsnet the leafs are their priority!that's why bell t.v and the n.hl. center ice is a god send because i don't want to watch the leafs every *****ing saturday night like they force most canadians to do that have regular cable!

  7. cam7777 says:

    Seguin in the first 7 games of the season: 17 points
    Seguin in the next 23 games of the season: 34 points

    Not at all unlike Kadri's 38 points in 28 games since his miraculous start.  Difference is that Kadri takes a lesser team and has made it a winner.  Seguin has not done this with better, and more familiar surroundings (same linemates, etc…).  You take out those games where Seguin got a massive headstart on an exhausted and disappointed Kadri, and you can see that the gap isn't nearly as big as you are making it out to be.

    That said, I think Seguin should be on the team, but who knows, Kadri could yet be cut as well.  Hockey Canada's staff seems to know what they're doing, so I'm going to give them the benefit of the doubt here…

  8. cam7777 says:

    Just because they cover them does not mean they are biased in their favor.  They cover them out of necessity – they have the largest fanbase in the league, and that fanbase supports the NHL.  Yes, Montreal does the same to a lesser extent, but that is why CBC gives Quebec their own special feeds for every game.

    If you watched a Leafs game on HNIC on CBC, from the perspective of a Maple Leaf fan, you would understand how frustrating this is.  Simpson, literally cannot stand the Leafs.  He was brought in to replace Cole because he was a guy who favored the Leafs heavily.  The network has been noticeably trying to get Cherry away from talking about the Buds, and has been having Simpson destroy them in his commentary.

    In fact, Glenn Healy even called him out on it a bit this past weekend.  After the referee gave a brutal call to Toskala for freezing the puck, Hughson went on at lengths about how goalies have to listen to the referee.  Healy, who also usually hates the Leafs with a flaming passion, basically said "I don't know what the hell you're talking about, because that is one of the stupidest penalties I've ever seen, and you wouldn't see that stuff called in a pee-wee league – totally useless call".  After this, Simpson would repeatedly suck Ovechkin's dick by replaying his goal over, and over, and over again, never once mentioning that it was only because of Dan O'Halleran's terrible, terrible call that this happened.

    Finally Hughson started interrupting him and reminding him that the game wasn't quite as uneven as he was saying.  And sorry, I actually meant Simpson in my first response, and not Hughson.  Hughson isn't bad.

    But no, you clearly haven't watched these games from the perspective of a fan.  Can you imagine if the Habs announcers were saying "Oh, that Price, he deserves these penalties" and "oh, great call ref, you have to teach these young Habs not to (insert bullshit call here)!"  There would be outrage in Montreal.  Every other team gets an announcer that loves their team, but CBC had to take Bob Cole away to appease all the Leaf Haters.

  9. cam7777 says:

    edit, first 6 games of the season.

  10. lafleur10 says:

    no biggie on the mistake made it happens! lol but now we get stuck with bob cole and his anti habs pro visting team garabage every saturday and his *****ing side kick greg i hate the habs millen!hugson is a good play ny play man but personally i perfer gord miller but that another agruement for another day!you should watch them (hughson adn simpson) like you do all the time) but when we play you guys it's the leafs can't do no wrong anf the habs do everything badly1 it gets so sicking i turn it over to rds or cjad 800  on my bell dishdan o'halleran is a terrible ref i agree,but chris lee is worse he hates the habs and has a vendeta against everytime he does 1 of our games

  11. lafleur10 says:

    also cherry is 1 of if not the biggest leafs fan on the cbc the only time he doesn't actively admit to cheering for them is when they play the bruins but other wise he pro leafs!

  12. lafleur10 says:

    i went to a couple of the team canada( wjc) practises here in regina and a couple of the intra squad games and they had the leafs savior kadri on a line with jordan eberle,there looks to be chemistry developing between them 2 however,i think eberle is making him look better than he is from the fist 2 days i could tell that hall,eberle ellis,schenn were the best players on the team and the ice and it's quite and interesting battle for the starting goaltender job as well i think jake allen has the job but i also think that matt hachett will be the back up,colten teubert might not make it either which will be a huge surprise,also jarden cowne looks really good the sens have a good 1 on there hands ,it will be interesting to see who the final cuts are when the team is finally announced as a habs fan too i think louis leblanc is on the bubble  i don't know if he will make it or not,but if he doesn't that doesn't mean he still won't be any good or a good player for us it just means,that on this day that he for whatever reason didn't do what he had to ,to make the team.

  13. honestabe says:

    Sorry to burst your bubble there, but according to a recent survey across the country the Habs are a "Canada's Team".  They beat out the leafs 33% to 25%.  The numbers look even worse when you consider Ontario has 40% of the population.  So who has the largest fan base again? 

  14. honestabe says:

    "Anti-toronto bias in our media"????   Have you been standing out in the cold without your toque.?  There's hardly an anti-toronto bias.  If anything its just the oposite.  Most of the national media is headquartered in Toronto.  The CBC, CTV, TSN for example.  Have you ever watched TSN?  They couldn't be more pro-toronto if they tried.  Its no coincidence that its called the Toronto Sports Network….
    All that said, torontonians (is that how you say it?)  for some reason have this huge paranoia complex going on.  Everyone hates us, everyone's against us.    Hmmm that sounds familiar……   

  15. cam7777 says:

    ugh, you're kind of missing the point.  first off, montreal also voted their whole team onto the all-star roster, so i would be hesitant to believe any poll as if it were definitive proof.  secondly, the habs win surveys like that because people who don't even know hockey know one thing – they hate the leafs. 

    the fact that the ratings are so much greater, not only in ontario, but nation-wide (outside of quebec of course) when the leafs play on HNIC vs. anyone else, tells you what people prefer to watch.  They either want to see the Leafs get hammered and mocked, or they want to see the Leafs win.

    Quebec is the exception of course, which is as I said, is why Quebec is not forced to endure Leaf games every Saturday night.

  16. cam7777 says:

    again, there is a difference between coverage and bias.  most of those guys can't wait to take a shot at the leafs either.  before the season started, sure, the guys who are leaf fans (dreger, etc…) couldn't hide their enthusiasm.  once they went 0-7-1 though, everyone showed their true colors.  they simply mocked them.  no one pointed out that they'd outshot every team, and dominated puck possession and time on attack for long stretches of every game.  no one would say what was really happening – "toskala can't stop a goddamn beach-ball, and now gustavsson's hurt".  no, of course not, because that would deprive them of the oppurtunity to take a shit on the leafs.

    I've been all across the Western provinces, and I can tell you, there is a definitive anti-Toronto spin in the media.  Of course, I'm not just talking about hockey here.  This mostly comes from politics.  But even kids in Western provinces know that Torontarians are stuck up, and think that all of Canada revolves around them.  Whether it's true or not is irrelevent, because that's what they "know".  It exists, whether you want to believe it or not.

  17. lafleur10 says:

    this is for all the leafs fans that are wondering about kadri at the wjc tryouts he has made the team i heard it here on regina radio

  18. honestabe says:

    Unfortunately I'm not missing the point.  The reality is that more people across Canada (just for those of you who aren't sure, that's all the way from BC to NFLD), would prefer to watch montreal play rather than the leafs.  Were you in winnipeg when the jets were there?  Did you happen to go see the leafs and habs?  Did you happen to notice that at the habs game there were just as many habs fans in the stands as there were jets fans.  Not ven close when the leafs played.  And its the same in most other cities outside of southern ont. 
    So what does that tell us?  There's more habs fans than leafs fans.  Unfortunately as much as you all would like it to be true, the bad news is that it doesn't mean that all these people hate the leafs.   They just like someone else better. 

  19. honestabe says:

    They take shots at the leafs because A. there's so much to shoot at, and B. that's what the media does. That's not a hate bias, that's business.

    Well I've lived all across the western provinces as well, and even many of the eastern provinces, and the hate just isn't there.  Sure there is a local bias, but that's natural.  You'll get that anywhere.  Sure there are a few people that think that torontonians are stuck up and that canada revolves around them, but there's also a few torontoians who are stuck up and think that canada revolves around them.  That's not hate, thats diversity. 

    Sorry to tell you this, but the rest of Canada isn't out to get Toronto.  It just isn't there.  You just wish it was for some reason.

  20. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Toronto has a tough one with Phoenix tonight. Very similar with Ottawa, good goalie and good defensive, but isn't a very offensive team. Also, Toronto has struggled against the Coyotes the last few years.

    I hope Toronto will come out better out of the gate then the did against Ottawa, or they will lose

  21. cam7777 says:

    the ratings don't lie as well your fantasies do.  if the habs drew bigger ratings, they would be on the air coast-to-coast.  as it is, they only generate the same ratings as the leafs in quebec.  toronto is the bread and butter of the nhl.  that is why their merchandise outsells every other team, and their ratings trump every other team. 

    and please, i was in winnipeg for several leaf/jets games, and i don't know what you're talking about.  i still go to the exhibition game every year, and they always do a poll to see who the favorite canadian team is.  it's always very close between montreal and toronto.  all i can tell you for sure is that winnipeggers hate the senators.  it's irrelevent though, because even if more people like the habs, the ratings say those same people would rather watch the leafs be mocked, than the habs play at all…

  22. honestabe says:

    sorry, not "wish";  "think".

  23. leafmeister says:

    No. But Kadri is a year older, he has more experience, and had a better camp.  He can also play any forward position.

  24. Magleaf says:

    who cares?

    Id just like Hockey to be canada's game

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