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06-28-2009, 01:22 PM
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Montreal Canadiens' interest towards Vincent Lecavalier is far from finished. According to what RDS has learned from many NHL sources, Bob Gainey would've tried to acquire the Ile-Bizard's player and he wished to announce it on friday night during the draft.

Gainey worked up until minutes before the start of the draft to conclude the transaction but haven't been able to reach a deal.

Still according to our sources, it is Len Barrie, part-owner of the Lightning who refused to trade Lecavalier, as it was the case in January.

Friday, Gainey has left the Bell Center disappointed from not being able to make the deal that would've immensely help his team.

Reached by RDS to comment on the story, Kent Hughes, Lecavalier's agent, has indicated that Tampa Bay never contacted him to approve a transaction or not.

Tampa's management has always promised to Lecavalier that he would be consulted before making any deal, in order to submit a list of teams where he would like to be traded.

Montreal could still pursue the negotiations with the Lightning before July 1st as it is the date Lecavalier's no-trade clause kicks in.

Lecavalier's clan has always indicated that they wouldn't be hard to live after July 1st even if the Lightning asked him to be traded prior to that.

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