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Vinny, agent knock down trade rumor

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February

Again, we're not going to respond here to every rumor out there, but when I start getting e-mails, well, maybe it's worth a mention.

Lightning star Vinny Lecavalier said he knows all about the rumor that came out of a Hockey Night in Canada broadcast in which reporter Al Strachan said Lecavalier was tired of playing in a small market and would asked to be traded to perhaps New York, Los Angeles or, surprise, his hometown of Montreal.

Lecavalier said he was called by his agent, Kent Hughes, who asked Lecavalier if he wanted him to "do something about'' the story. But Lecavalier said he would rather the rumor die of its own weight. Lecavalier reiterated he is not looking to be anywhere else.

Hughes, though, said Monday the rumor is not dying down. On vacation, he said he returned to his hotel room today and had "about 30'' phone messages.

Asked if the rumor was true, Hughes said, "Absolutely not. It's not true.''

And Lecavalier has said this about his 2001 trade request, amidst much rancor with coach John Tortorella, that almost got him moved to the Maple Leafs: "There was a time when I thought the grass was greener somewhere else, but it's not.''

It is not like the guy has tried to separate himself from the community. His foundation just pledged $3-million to help build a new hospital wing in St. Petersburg. He has a house in the Tampa area and his parents still use his original condo, which he kept when he moved to his house.

There also is the matter of GM Jay Feaster, who always has said he has no plans to trade Lecavalier. That is not to say a trade will never happen. Sometimes there are offers you can't refuse. Hey, they traded Gretzky. But Lecavalier said the Hockey Night in Canada rumor is false, and Hughes piled on.

"Neither Vinny nor myself have has spoken with Mr. Strachan, so it can't be a misunderstanding of a conversation with him because there haven't been any,'' Hughes said.

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

    

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