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What they're saying about Lecavalier buyout

Vinny Lecavalier takes a shot during a game against the Flyers in 2012.
Vinny Lecavalier takes a shot during a game against the Flyers in 2012.
Published Jun. 28, 2013

Pierre LeBrun,

"It would be cool to see him in a Canadiens uniform after all these years of trade rumors linking him there. Two questions need answering, though. Do the Habs have interest? And would Lecavalier be willing to play under that kind of spotlight? One of the reasons Tampa Bay suited him so well was it isn't a hockey fishbowl."

Darren Dreger, TSN:

Provided the term is right, Lecavalier will be highly sought after. Toronto, Montreal and Detroit are expected to be among the heavy hitters in the lineup, offering somewhere in the neighborhood of three years at $4.5 to $5 million per season. However, if that's the going rate, the list of teams interested will grow considerably."

Ex-Lightning wing Rob DiMaio:

"He really was focused and determined. There was not a better player in the game as far as strength and skill and the ability to bring his game to another level."

Lightning center Nate Thomp­son:

"We lost a great teammate, one of my closest friends on the team. It's a tough situation, but that's the business side of it."

Lightning center Steven Stamkos:

"I don't think it's going to hit us until we get to camp and he's not there."

NHL Network analyst and ex-Flames GM Craig Button:

"You're not trying to get out from under the player. You're trying to get out from under the contract."

Times staff writers Damian Cristodero and Joe Smith contributed to this report.