Thursday, May 24, 2018
Tampa Bay Lightning

Questions, answers on Vinny Lecavalier buyout

The Lightning said Thursday that it will buy out the remaining seven years of captain Vinny Lecavalier's contract. Here's what you need to know:

How much does Lecavalier get?

$32.667 million, which is two-thirds of the $37 million left on his deal plus $8 million he is owed in signing bonuses. He will be paid $1.76 million a year for 14 years, double the years left on his deal.

What is his status?

Lecavalier becomes a free agent July 5.

Can Lecavalier ever return to Tampa Bay?

Yes, beginning with the 2014-15 season, though he said he wants to sign a long-term deal with his next team.

Where does the Lightning stand in relation to the $64.3 million salary cap?

According to capgeek.com, it has about $10.1 million in cap space. It also has up to six roster spots to fill.

Who is now the Lightning's highest-paid player?

Center Steven Stamkos at $7.5 million a year.

Who will be the new captain?

Too early to say, though Marty St. Louis and Stamkos would have to be on the top of coach Jon Cooper's list.

Are there players whom the Lightning might have interest in as a replacement for Lecavalier?

Former Lightning center Brad Richards, if he is bought out by the Rangers. There also is speculation the team will look at centers Tyler Bozak (Toronto) and Valterri Filppula (Detroit), both potential unrestricted free agents.

Will the Lightning use its second buyout?

Not this year, general manager Steve Yzerman said.

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