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Lecavalier on the shoulder, the rookie and the firing

Vinnymain_2Tipped to these videos by a poster and still looking for the full-length versions. It's hard to get a read on Vinny Lecavalier's reaction to the firing of coach John Tortorella, who rode him relentlessly as a younger player but unquestionably helped make him a star.

The TSN interviews imply it was more like this than this, but that's the vagaries of video. The second clip, recorded when the firing was a foregone conclusion but still unofficial, came off cold and businesslike, but the NHL is a business. And it's often quite cold.

Brant James, Times staff writer. All photos by Times staff.

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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