Lecavalier: 'I'm definitely excited about going back to Tampa'
Vinny Lecavalier was in Sunrise on Monday with the Flyers for their game against the Panthers. But the topic of conversation after the morning skate was about returning to Tampa for Wednesday's game with the Lightning, his first game in Tampa since the Lightning bought him out of the final seven years of his contract.
Lecavalier will be presented the Community Hero Award at the game and will get a video tribute on the Tampa Bay Times Forum scoreboard.
Lecavalier has eight goals and 13 points in 18 games for Philadelphia. He and wife Caroline and their three kids have moved to Haddonfield, N.J. But Lecavalier still has his Tampa home, where his parents are living, and said of the area, "It's something special. I'm from Montreal and I love going back there, but Tampa has always been my home. My kids were all born there, my sister's family is there, my parents are there. It definitely feels like home.
Here are some more highlights of what Lecavalier had to say:
On playing in Tampa: "I'm excited to go back and see everything, see my old teammates, my buddies and play hard against them."
On how the Lightning organization handled the buyout: "(GM) Steve Yzerman told me there might be something going on. They did everything the right way. Everything was classy. They talked to me through the process. It was good."
On the 2004 Stanley Cup championship: "The memories are something I'll have the rest of my life. That was a great year, but (the time) definitely flies by. It gives you a taste. You won one and now you want to win another one. But, definitely, it was a lot of fun."
On playing for the Flyers: "It's a bigger hockey market, that's just the way Philly is. It's a great sports market. They definitely let you know the good and the bad, which is good, which I like. You get on the ice for warm-ups and already half the building is there, or more. It's a great feeling to play in front of those fans."
On if he has something to prove to the Lightning: "I swear it's not to prove anyone wrong. I want to prove this team (the Flyers) right. I want to help this team. (The Lightning) made a business decision, and I don't have anything against the Lightning. They just do everything the right way. The thing for me was to move on and go with it, that's all."