The Tampa Bay Lightning have bought out the contract of Captain Vincent Lecavalier as a compliance buyout under the new collective bargaining agreement.
The Buffalo Sabres should be interested in targetting Lecavalier.
Despite having some young depth at center – the Buffalo Sabres don’t have any solid NHL players standing in the pivot, feeding the wings.
Thomas Vanek doens’t want to be around for a long rebuild? Well Mr. Vanek – what would you say to being on a line with Vincent Lecavalier?
The buyout now puts Lecavalier as one of the top centers on the free agent market which opens up on July 5th of this year, a few days later because of the later locked out season.
The Buffalo Sabres need to learn to once again roll multiple lines that can score. Cody Hodgson emerged as a National Hockey League center last year, and would be a great second line center, or first line center – if the team is going to stack their roster.
What it does do however, is bump Mikhail Grigorenko down to 3rd or 4th line minutes once again, when he should be learning his trade as a top line center.
Danny Briere is an interesting look, and fans looked hard at resigning the former captain – but why get a retreaded player – when you can have another proven commodity that doesn’t have a history with the team.
If money is no object for Terry Pegula – does the addition to the free agency pool by the Tampa Bay Lightning help the Buffalo Sabres case of landing an star center?