Here we go again...Time to sit through more talks about Vincent Lecavalier being traded. Yet again, the Montreal Canadiens are involved.
We all know that Vinny isn't having the greatest of seasons so far. But what people fail to realize is that his play has gotten consistently better and he does have 24 points in 29 games. As a side note, did anyone see him play the Caps last night? He was the Lightning's best player!
Speculation still surrounds the Canadiens that they are involved with the Lightning in trade talks for Lecavalier. It's no secret that the Habs would love to have him. Think about it, Vinny is a French-Canadien player who is 6'4 and 223 pounds. The Canadiens are an unbelievably small team (especially up front) who don't have many players with French-Canadien roots. Plus, Vinny grew up a Montreal fan! It all makes complete sense. Except for one major detail:
Vinny is signed to a long term,11 year deal worth about $7.7 million a year! Could Montreal inherit a cap hit like that? Sources believe that if they could, the deal would be made ASAP.
So What's The Bottom Line?
If the right package of players could be set up and money wasn't a problem, the deal WILL happen. Honestly, I know Vinny loves playing in Tampa Bay and he has done so much for the community, but I don't think he would be complaining too much about being traded to his "childhood" team. Pretty much, there would be celebration and rejoice in Montreal, and chaos and aggravation in Tampa (at least from me).
The only thing that would make me be somewhat okay with this going down is if the Lightning get a hell of a package of players, and we win! Winning makes everything better. Other than that...Don't trade Vinny!