This morning the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that former 1st Overall pick Vincent Lecavalier would be bought out. Should the Oilers be interested?
Obviously his last contract was atrocious and because of it we all viewed Lecavalier as someone we wouldnt want on all of our collective teams. He was grossly overpaid as a member of the Lightning, but he isnt a bad player.
The fact is that he’s a veteran Centerman who can still put up 50 points a year, win faceoffs, and stands 6’4″ 215lbs. He’s 33 which isnt young but he isnt old either.
The reality is that many teams would love to have him as their 2C. Him behind RNH with Yak and Gagner on his wings wouldnt be the worst thing in the world. In fact, I think it would be pretty great.
The bigger question would be would he want to be here, for how much, for how long?
The answer…maybe, probably more than we would want to spend, depends.
The Oilers are a Hockey market, one that he hasnt played in as a professional ever. They are a team on the rise and its easy to see where he would fit in on the roster. He wouldnt have insane expectations put on him either. Montreal is such an obvious place for him to play, the fans have been dying for him to wear Canadiens Red for such a long time. Will he want to go into that much of a fishbowl? Maybe he’s ready for it now at 33. Maybe he’d just rather avoid it. The Oilers are an in-between for Lecavalier. Its a Hockey market that would pay more attention to him than he’s ever experienced, but not to the degree where we would wait outside his home to hear his thoughts about how practice went.
He will not be “Dirt Cheap”. I imagine that he would be snatched up in the 4-5 million range by 29 other teams if they had the chance, which means one or two might actually offer more than that. He isnt a bad player. Lots of attractive qualities.
The term I think is dependent on what he wants to do. For all we know he could be dreaming about playing for the Blackhawks for a year at the league minimum in order to have another shot at a Cup. Without knowing what he really wants its hard to tell if he would want a long term deal or a short one. I think he would need at least 3 years to even think about coming to the Oil and probably 4 is more realistic. To go to a team thats already a Cup contender I think he would do a shorter deal.
Will he be an Oiler? There are a lot of teams that probably fit better from HIS perspective, even if the Oilers would benefit with him as their 2nd line Center.