Apr 14, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier (4) during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Should the Buffalo Sabres Attempt to Put Vincent Lecavalier in the Blue and Gold?

The Tampa Bay Lightning have used one of their two compliance buyous on legendary center Vincent Lecavalier today, meaning the veteran points machine will be an available free agent as of July 5th.


I know Lecavalier is not as spry as he used to be, but the man scored 32 points (10-22-32) in 39 games played last season, including five PP goals.  He is 33 years-old, so it is easy to see him playing for another 2-3 years, at least.  I have to admit that I was stunned when I read the news; I understand there’s a business side to hockey, and the Lightning are doing what they feel they need to do in order to continue to remain competitive under the terms of the new CBA.  Still, Lecavalier was a huge part of the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup Championship team, and is one of those players that you never imagined would play anywhere but Tampa Bay.

But now that I can imagine it, should we Sabres fans imagine the Buffalo Sabres making a serious attempt to attract this guy to remain in the Northeast Division as a member of the Sabres?

He won’t come cheap, as he has already stated that he is not interested in signing a one-year deal.  He will be looking for the sort of deal that will allow him to play until he retires, mch like his contract with the Lightning was designed to allow him to do.  Buffalo will have to shell out some dead presidents to get this guy, paying premium dollars for a guy who is past his prime.  It’s also worth considering the fact that Lecavalier will want to be on the first line, maybe the second, meaning he will be stealing some time form a prospect like Mikhail Grigorenko, who won’t benefit much from being demoted to the third line (or beyond) as he was this past season.

Still: it’s Vinny Freaking Lecavalier!  Barring a major injury, how could he NOT help Buffalo adopt that culture of winning that I have alluded to in past articles?

Time to vote: should the Sabres make signing Lecavalier a top priority?  Go!



Should the Buffalo Sabres attempt to acquire Vincent Lecavalier?

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  • Thomas Eric

    If buffalo doesn’t at least make an offer then that’s another reason Darcy should be fired and by offer I mean one that is legitimate

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      The reasons keep stacking up! :D

      I don’t know if they’ll even bother; they probably don’t see themselves as players in the game. Not convinced this organization has the stones to become winners.

      • Thomas Eric

        Bringing in vinny will add to the culture of winning he could help teach CoHo and Gringenko how to be a top center as well as teach other young guys what it takes to make it in the show look at the numbers the starting price will be around 5 mil a season for minimum of 3 years he will be getting 9.8 9.8 and around 8 mil the next three years from Tampa so money may not be a factor in his decision but it would be worth at least making and offer. On another note what’s your tale on trying to get max domi with the 16th pick and the rumors of trading vanek to Nashville for their pick have any truth to it?

        • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

          So far I have heard Fucale at 16 and nothing about Nashville. No doubt Nashville could use VaneK. This morning I heard the Sabres were looking at Bobby_Ryan in Anaheim. I assume Vanek was on the table for that.

          • Thomas Eric

            Wouldn’t mind bobby ryan but am iffy about fucale but again if we can get our future goalie why not. Would be very up set if we take a defenseman in the first we have a few in the minors ready to make the jump and would hate to see them get buried under a first rounder I jut hope we make a splash

  • J Knight

    I wouldn’t offer Vinny a contract. As intriguing as it may seem he is 33 and will be 34 before the end of next season. This team is at least two to three years away from being a contender and that is if Darcy doesn’t screw it up. I read that It was rumored at the draft that Vinny will probably get somewhere around 5 years and $25mil. Way too much money for a guy that is going to take time away from our younger centers and will be 36-37 years old when we are actually good. Makes absolutely no sense IMO especially with the cap going down. It would be a dumb move simply made to make the fans feel better. I don’t want to feel better. I want to win the Cup, and Vinny, as talented as he is, is not bringing the cup home to Buffalo.