I don't know how far and wide this has carried since I saw it first mentioned in a St. Petersburg Tiems article last week, but Vincent Lecavalier wants to stay in Tampa. That isn't news (though our friends in the province of Quebec would tell us otherwise)
What is news is Kent Hughes telling the world it's not a short term deal. It's a long one. To paraphrase: rest of his career.
And nwo Erik Erlendsson at the Tribune gets a money quote from Vincent:
Despite a pending change in ownership and a certain change in head coaches, Lecavalier said he intends to discuss signing a long-term deal that could keep him with Tampa Bay his entire career.
"I want to. I just think they want to wait to be officially in charge before we talk about it," Lecavalier said Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to the new owners. They have a passion for the game. Oren Koules and Len Barrie have played the game. I'm encouraged about the new owners, and I'm excited about things."
There's no time line. There's only the talk...
And right now I am still wondering what to make of the direction of the Lightning, as they transition to OK hockey from Palace Sports.