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Vinny planning to be better is a factor in trade considerations

If you've been following along the past few days in the paper, you probably noticed a lot of talk about what the Lightning will have to consider as it listens to what most expect will be trade offers for Vinny Lecavalier. Again, just to be clear, GM Brian Lawton says he is not shopping the captain, but the situation being what it is for the team on the ice and off, why not listen if you believe there is a chance to transform a struggling franchise.

Even with that, to have Lecavalier say, as he did the other day, that he plans to have a bounce-back season and that he is committed more than ever to his offseason workout program,  is something to consider. Because if the equation is whether it is better to build around a rejuvenated All-Star player with something to prove or with what he could bring back in trade, well, that answer isn't that easy.

"It's one of the things we have to take into consideration," Lawton said when asked about Lecavalier's potential to again be a superstar. "I think he's going to have a terrific year next year. I think he's motivated. He's a motivated marine. He has a lot of pride ... and he expects a lot more and that's the right attitude and I believe him. A lot of people give you lip service but I believe him. He's going to be a different guy come next year."

For what it's worth, I believe so, too. I've known the guy for almost a decade and there is a determination there that some may not see because he is so laid back. But as Lawton said, "You don't get to the level Vinny's at without having special characteristics besides skill. There has to be drive and determination there that is off the charts. It didn't come out enough last season by his standards, by his words to me, and he's going to change that. What does that mean. It's certainly new information to take into account. It could potentially complicate things more."

Pretty interesting stuff that will help make for an interesting June and perhaps beyond.  

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


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