Judging by our latest HIO poll, Canadiens fans want to see Vincent Lecavalier in bleu-blanc-rouge.
Twenty-four hours after the Tampa Bay Lightning announced they were going to buy out Lecavalier, who still had seven years remaining on an 11-year, $85-million contract with a $7,727,273 cap hit every year, 74 per cent of more than 1,800 votes said they wanted to see Lecavalier with the Habs.
Wrote Bill Beacon of The Canadian Press: “The Canadiens have not had a French-Canadian star in many years, and Lecavalier would fit that bill. They also want to get bigger up front, and Lecavalier is six-foot-four. And, with 20 players signed and $9 million in salary cap space open, they should be able to afford him.
“Even Mathieu Darche, a former Canadien and Lightning, urged (Canadiens GM Marc) Bergevin on his blog for RDS to sign the slick centre who scored 52 goals in 2006-07.”
It’s interesting to note that Lecavalier and Bergevin were teammates with the Lightning during the 2002-03 season when Bergevin played one game with Tampa Bay near the end of his NHL career.
Lecavalier will become a free agent on July 5.
(Photo by Dirk Shadd/The Associated Press)