Vinny, agent dismiss trade rumors
Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier dismissed a radio report out of Montreal that the Lightning might try to trade him if the team has financial difficulties. "It's Montreal. It's Toronto" he said. "I don't think it's anything new. It's happened in the past."
Lecavalier, 28, last summer signed an 11-year, $85-million contract extension that kicks in next season. The deal's no-move clause goes into effect on July 1. But Lecavalier said he was given assurances by owner Oren Koules during negotiations of that extension that he would not be traded.
"Oren did tell me I wouldn't be getting traded when I signed this summer," Lecavalier said after Friday's 4-3 victory over the Ducks in which he had two assists. "It's Montreal. There are a lot of rumors going around."
Lecavalier's agent Kent Hughes took it a step further, saying Koules told him and Lecavalier that Lecavalier would be a Lightning player "for life."
"I don't know where these rumors are starting," Hughes said. "We were assured they would not trade him if we agreed to extend his contract. We haven't heard anything else from them."
Hughes said he spoke to Lecavalier before Friday's game.
"He told me he believes it's just another can of rumors," Hughes said.