will Vinny Lecavalier ask to be traded?
Get him going – one way or the other
Tampa’s continued (and not unexpected) mediocrity had ex-Bruin Rick Tocchet, the Lightning bench boss, questioning the passion of some of his charges, including captain Vinny Lecavalier. “He has to show us that’s he’s ready to play,’’ said Tocchet, disillusioned that the franchise center has only potted three goals this season. Meanwhile, star-in-the-making Steve Stamkos, only 19 years old, carried 12 goals into last night’s game at Montreal. Tocchet is right; the Bolts need more out of their franchise center, but it also could be that the coach’s words are a way to prompt Lecavalier to reach for his “Get Out Of Jail Free’’ card (surrender his no-trade clause, which activated July 1) and bring the financially-shaky franchise $7.727 million in annual cap relief.