Lightning use compliance buy-out on Lecavalier
As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. Only in this case, it's a great thing.
During his 14 seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Vincent Lecavalier has been a champion both on and off the ice. His image has become synonymous with the franchise during both the good and the bad times. Lecavalier is the Lightning's all-time leader in pretty much everything, including games played (1,037), goals (383), power play goals (112) and game-winning goals (60).
He helped lead the team to the mountain-top in 2004 when the Bolts earned their first Stanley Cup. No one will ever forget his trading punches with Jarome Iginla during the Stanley Cup Final; emblematic of the sacrifices he has made for the team on the ice and the contributions made to the Tampa Bay community off of it. Lecavalier has given much of his time and money through the Vinny Lecavalier Foundation, even building a pediatric cancer and blood disorder center at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg that bears his name. He has been a fixture at local hospitals and charity events, earning the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the NHL Foundation Award from the National Hockey League for his efforts.