Vincent Lecavalier: No Offense, but Can He Get His Career Back Going With Tampa?

February 10th, 2011 by Mike Pascale Leave a reply »
I occasionally listen to local sports radio in Tampa, and I recently woke up to hear that the Lightning allowed six consecutive goals in a 7-4 loss to Buffalo.

However, instead of focusing on their defensive collapse and poor goaltending, the radio host decided to discuss Vincent Lecavalier.

Lecavalier scored two goals in the game, and I suppose that caused the host to reflect on his productivity this season.

But rather than saying that Lecavalier wasn’t contributing enough offensively, with only 11 goals and 17 assists in 39 games this season, the host seemed to imply that he was just going through a lull in this career.

For the record, Lecavalier has 64 goals in his last 198 games over three seasons. That’s quite a lull for a superstar with a $7.7 million annual salary cap number.

The host continued by saying that Lightning GM Steve Yzerman understood what Lecavalier was going through since Yzerman himself also had down years in his career.

Now I remember the Hall of Famer being a consistent, high-level performer throughout most of his 22-year career with the Red Wings, so I decided to look it up& ...

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