And Its not like they didnt talk to Vinny about this. Hell, hes probably the one who ok'd it. They tried to do anything they could to get around the cap. Vinny knows we love him here it Tampa. We almost traded our #3 pick to Toronto just to have him bought out... which is almost unthinkable. I just hope he doesnt go to MTL or TOR. I dont want to have to play against him in our division.
Sucks to see him go... Teams should be aloud one exempt player from the Cap if he is your captain.... Because its deals like this that just piss off fan bases. I'm not even a fan of Tampa but Vinny led them to the cup and everything... Im just trying to picture if the Red Wings bought out Yzerman back in the day... Rioting Detroit.
This really hurts because of the emotional attachment that I and many Bolts fans have for Vinny. He was the face of the franchise for many years. However, I think this move had to be done because his contract was a killer. Like many others, I would like to see him return to the Lightning some day (Ideally after his one season elsewhere).
I haven't been on this board for years, for the ones who remember me know how much I love this man, I'm so sad about this, I understand the business decision but it still hurts, this team without Vinny is hard to imagine.
Thank you Vinny for all your work, on the ice, but specially off the ice, I hope he stays around the community, he will be missed
Hey Maria..long time no see! Yeah, I'm not feeling well over this..
I don't know KARATE, but I do know CRAZY and I'm not afraid to use it!!
So essentially Vinik just threw away 30 million dollars, is that right?
Thats one way of looking at it. Vinik has a lot of money though so I guess just add it to the other millions hes invested into this team so far? We have a great owner to be willing to do that. To do all of that for 10 mil added to cap. Guy wants this team to compete and win.
Even though I understand the move and why it had to be done...it still sucks. Unfortunately with the length of the deal and the penalty if Lecavalier retired early, Yzerman's hand was forced. If this team wants to be competitive long-term they can't have Lecavalier's contract on the books when he's on the downside of his career and his retirement would bring about a cap penalty. I wish him the best. No matter what jersey he puts on he'll always be a Lightning and hopefully he can come back to finish his career here. He's the definition of class with all the work he's done in the community and how he's handled himself through all the drama in the organization during his career. No doubt his jersey is going to be in the rafters one day in the Forum.