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01-03-2013, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Cliffy1814 View Post
I started this thread and just read through all the responses and have not seen anyone give a good reason why Lecavalier for a year does not make sense:

1. He has almost an $8m cap hit through 2020 so HE WILL be an amnesty buyout. He is more of a no brainer than Redden
2. The fact he'll be getting all(most) of that money anyway makes it unlikely that he will be demanding a huge contract (he might want multiple years which would be a problem)
3. With Torts and Richards will have familiarity
4. Miller is not ready
5. Boyle is not good enough and we are one injury away from him being a 2nd line center
6. Vinny has scored 103 points in 129 games the last two years (compare that to 2nd and 3rd line cneters around the league)
7. he is only 32 years old

I am making huge assumption that he will work on a short term inexpensive deal based on all of the above and the Chance to win a Cup. If that is true, he is bretter than any option set forth in 4+ pages thus far IMO.
1. He's not a guaranteed buyout candidate. They'll buyout Malone before Vinny. They're not in danger of blowing the lid off of their cap even with VL on the payroll.
2. Why? What's stopping another contender from offering him another big 3-4 year deal? Just because he's getting money on the side from a buyout doesn't mean he's going to forfeit tons of cash in the last few years of his career to win a cup somewhere.
3. True, but they also had a pretty fiery relationship. Torts was always on his case about his compete level.
4. Obviously.
5. Boyle is absolutely fine. One or two teams in the NHL have #2 centers stocked away on their 3rd line. It's a lousy reason to think we need to upgrade there. Why not upgrade at RW? We're one injury away from Pyatt or Asham being our #2 RW. We're one injury away from Cam Talbot being our backup goalie. Makes no sense.
6. Is he really going to score that much on the 3rd line? No. If you sign him for 3rd line minutes, you might get slightly above average 3rd line production. He can't score 70 points if he's not getting the big minutes.
7. And declining rapidly. The guy has missed 20-ish games in back to back seasons.

You're asking a guy who has been a huge star in this league to come in and be a role player while he's still in his early 30's. Not only that, but you're offering him a pittance of what he'd likely get somewhere else. Just not going to happen.

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