Thursday, April 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Lecavalier meeting with several teams

Vinny Lecavalier cannot sign with a new team until Friday, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. But with the buyout of his contract, the former Lightning star is free to negotiate with any team except Tampa Bay.

Lecavalier, 33, and his camp met in New York on Saturday with the Stars, Flyers, Blues, Ducks, Maple Leafs and Canadiens, and will meet with the Red Wings and Flames today, Canadian media reported.

"We're trying to move the process forward as quickly as possible," Lecavalier's agent, Kent Hughes, told the Tampa Bay Times. "We haven't set a definitive timetable."

Up to 15 teams are said to have shown interest in Lecavalier, including the Sharks and Panthers. Lecavalier hoped to have a list of teams in which he is seriously interested by this morning, to help teams with their draft-day strategies, reports said.

Lecavalier, whose $32.667 million buyout is the richest in league history, has not spoken publicly since Thursday's buyout announcement.

Asked how his client is handling the realization his 14-season career with the Lightning is over, Hughes said, "It's been a whirlwind. First, dealing with the media and then trying to figure out in short order what his future has in store. So, I don't know how much time he's had to sit back and think about it."

Bruins: Wing Nathan Horton told the team he wants a new beginning and will become an unrestricted free agent Friday, reports said.

Canucks: General manager Mike Gillis said teams have inquired about trading for goaltender Cory Schneider, the latest twist in Vancouver's year-long saga of what to do about its goalie situation. For months the team has been trying to get rid of Roberto Luongo, 34, who has nine years left on a deal with an annual salary cap charge of $5.33 million, but the deal has been hard to trade because of the money and the haul the team wants in return. Luongo also has been the subject of buyout speculation.

All-rookie team: As voted by Professional Hockey Writers' Association, the members are forwards Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers), Brendan Gallagher (Canadiens) and Brandon Saad (Blackhawks); defensemen Jonas Brodin (Wild) and Justin Schultz (Oilers); and goalie Jake Allen (Blues).

Olympics: As expected, the Penguins' Dan Bylsma was named by USA Hockey as coach of the team for next year's Games at Sochi, Russia. Bylsma, 42, has no international coaching experience; he said he would rely on the advice of Americans who had coached at that level before.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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