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Lightning may buy out Lecavalier and Malone

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02:31 PM ET 06.26 | The Tampa Bay Lightning may use their compliance buyouts on Vincent Lecavalier and Ryan Malone. Lecavalier is the Lightning captain and is coming off a 32-point season, but he is owed $45 million over the next seven years, a contract that is crippling the Tampa Bay salary cap. Malone is being paid considerably less, at just $5 million in the next two years, but he has battled injury and the Lightning could get out from that contract without sacrificing as much on the ice as they would with Lecavalier. The buyouts would still cost the team two-thirds of what they owe the players, but that money would not cast against a salary cap that is coming down nearly $6 million from last season.

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June 26, 2013  02:49 PM ET

Vinny and Bugsie? They should go to New Jersey.

June 26, 2013  02:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Vinny and Bugsie? They should go to New Jersey.

I wouldn't mind seeing Vinnie here in NYC, I always liked him as a player. besides, it's been Stamkos' team since he got there, so.....

June 26, 2013  03:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I wouldn't mind seeing Vinnie here in NYC, I always liked him as a player. besides, it's been Stamkos' team since he got there, so.....

You mean .... the times in between when he was not hurt.

June 26, 2013  03:50 PM ET

well, yeah....

June 26, 2013  04:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I wouldn't mind seeing Vinnie here in NYC, I always liked him as a player. besides, it's been Stamkos' team since he got there, so.....

You bite your tongue..

June 27, 2013  01:58 AM ET

This franchise is nuts, belongs in QC. And to think some people thought wYzer was smart enough to save it.

 
June 27, 2013  01:59 AM ET

Pittsburgh could sure use Malone back though.

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