June 27 2013 07:28AM
I won't lie, this one sort of surprised me. We've been hearing Lecavalier's name come up in the buy-out talks over the past few days, but I really didn't think the Lightning would actually do it this summer.
The Lightning will use a compliance buy-out, as allowed by the NHL’s CBA, on center Vincent Lecavalier http://t.co/rifrOWkvTL— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 27, 2013
With the Leafs' need for some help down the middle, I'm sure there will be a lot of talk about Vinny and Toronto in the coming days.
Is Lecavalier a player you would like to see the Leafs add? And what would be a fair price?
EDITOR"S NOTE (Steve Dangle)
I just had to add these Jeff Marek tweet's to Ryan's post. They're too good.
Former Tampa GM's Rick Dudley + Brian Lawton both had deals in place in the past to move Lecavalier that ownership ended up nixing.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) June 27, 2013
Sounds juicy! Go on...
Dudley had him going to Toronto for Kaberle, Antropov, Hoglund and either Boyes or a 1st (TB choice).— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) June 27, 2013
Think that's nuts?
Lawton had him going to the Habs for Price, Pacioretty, a 1st and either Subban or McDonaugh.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) June 27, 2013
Dude. Subban and McDonagh alone would be Tampa's top pairing, subbing in Victor Hedman. That's nuts. Well, the Habs can be happy they dodged that bullet.
It was after the failed Lecavalier trade that MTL went out and got Gomez— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) June 27, 2013
And jumped right in front of another. Oof.