The Tampa Bay Lightning organization has decided to part ways with captain Vincent Lecavalier.
The club has made the difficult decision, but are now able to clear out $7.725 million in cap space. Choosing another player to wear the C will not be difficult.
I believe Steven Stamkos or Martin St. Louis will likely be named captain going into next season. The problem for the Lighting now is finding another top line centre to replace Lecavalier.
There aren’t many centres available in free agency right now at all. Is it possible that Steve Yzerman is looking to sign recently dropped Danny Brier or upcoming free agent Derek Roy?
Because those players are the only notable centres that are available at present. Regardless, this move proves that the Tampa Bay Lighting organization is moving forward into a new era.
I believe it’s a very risky move. But now the excitement really heats up. Now Vincent Lecavalier is looking for a new team. There are many teams that will be interested in signing Lecavalier.
I believe the team that will fight for this guy the most is the Montreal Canadians. Montreal has been interested in Vincent Lecavalier for a long time.
The last time he was a free agent, there was all kinds of speculation that he would be moving back home to play for Montreal. Perhaps that speculation can now turn into reality for both parties.
Other teams that may be interested include the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars, or Ottawa Senators. I mention Ottawa because I believe if Alfredsson decides to retire, Vincent Lecavalier would be an excellent replacement.
One thing’s for sure, this move by Steve Yzerman and the Tampa Bay Lighting just made the off-season way more exciting. I can’t wait to see which team Lecavalier will end up playing for next season.
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