The Latest Lecavailler News

Kent Hughes, the agent for Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier, did react to a Hockey News story that said if Vinik takes control, he could ask Lecavalier to waive his no-move clause as a way for the team to cut costs.

Lecavalier, 29, with 14 goals and 52 points, is in the first year of an 11-year, $85 million deal that pays $10 million this season.

“I have never spoken with Jeff,” Hughes said. “I have not heard from anybody else within the Tampa Bay Lightning organization in regards to Vinny Lecavalier, period. It seems that any time there’s mention of the Lightning outside Tampa Bay, it involves speculation about a Vinny Lecavalier trade.

“After two years of speculation, we’ve grown immune to it and will stick with the facts. The facts are, not a single person connected to this financial bid or to the organization has contacted us about Vinny being traded.”

The tumult adds to an emotional and uplifting time for the Lightning, which climbed back into the playoff chase with a three-game winning streak, which ended with Friday’s loss to the Ducks.

Vinik, 50, a minority partner in the Red Sox, managed the Fidelity Magellan Fund in the 1990s. He is the principal owner of Vinik Asset Management.

http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hockey/lightning/sale-of-tampa-bay-lightning-to-boston-hedge-fund-manager-could-happen-soon/1069406


8 Responses to The Latest Lecavailler News

  1. HABSSTAR says:

    Hmmm… let me guess, there's interest from Montreal?  YAAAAAAAAWN!

  2. leafy says:

    The Habs want Lecavalier just like they wanted Frank Mahovlich in the late 60s and early 70s. Vinny is today's version of the big M in Montreal's obsession.

  3. reinjosh says:

    Well Habs fans, guess who was almost a Hab at the draft this year.

    VINNY LECAVALIER!
    apparently sources told the Hockey News (reputable and reliable) that Bettman blocked a trade between the two teams because Len Barrie wouldn't ok the deal (and the team had two warring).
    Apparently Price, Plekanec, and a prospect would have gone to Tampa

    apparently he is being shopped contrary to the above statement

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/31155-Sources-Lightning-sale-could-be-complete-by-end-of-weekend-Bettman-blocked-Lecavalier-trade.html

  4. cam7777 says:

    makes sense.  they'll probably only come to his agent when they actually have a potential deal.  price, plekanec and a prospect isnt a great package either. 

  5. HABSSTAR says:

    They might want him but there's just no way it will work financially.  I doubt T-Bay will take Gomez in return and until they do there's really no need for the two clubs to talk. 

    It was funner as a Habs fan before we got Gomez cause then there was at least the outside possibility that he could end up with the Habs.  Now, not so much…

  6. HABSSTAR says:

    How come it's not surprising to me at all that Bettman would block the trade of a super star to a Canadian team…. 

  7. cam7777 says:

    ha, didn't even see it that way, but you're so right.  i really can't stand that man.  the sooner he is not the commisioner the better.

  8. housenuts says:

    price, pleks, and a prospect is too much imo

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