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  • Lecavalier Rumours Put to Rest


    Vincent Lecavalier won’t be wearing the CH. Well at least not for another 4 years. Lecavalier re-signed with the defending cup champ Tampa Bay Lightning for a 4 year deal worth $6.8 Million a year.

    There was rampant speculation in Montreal that he would be coming home to play for the Canadiens. Lecavalier was in the papers saying how he had a lot of pressure from family and friends about working something out with the Habs, but ultimately decided to stay with the defending champs.

    In other news, as mentioned in this post, Pittsburgh continues their reconstructive surgery by signing power forward John Leclair. Leclair is getting on in age but if he can stay healthy he is another offensive threat to add to their growing list.

    It also seems the wandering Anson Carter will play for his 6th NHL team as he is on the brink of signing with the Canucks. I don’t know why this guy gets thrown around so much, he can put up numbers and he can play a strong physical role, perhaps he will find a good fit and settle down in Vancouver.

  • Captain Koivu Ready to Lead

    Saku Koivu
    Captain Koivu

    The Canadiens have come to terms on a one year deal with Saku Koivu. The Canadiens captain said both sides were happy with a one year deal. Koivu becomes an unrestricted free agent next year and although he expressed interest that he would like to test his market value, he has made it known he wants to remain in Montreal for years to come.

    Koivu is to earn a little over $3 Million a season after taking a paycut from $4.25 Million. Perhaps a little on the expensive side for Koivu, whom many consider to be an excellent 2nd line center , but just not big enough to fill the #1 role.

     

    Koivu has played his whole career for The Habs, I was in the crowd at the Bell Center for his comeback game after returning from beating cancer. Let me say it was a pretty magical moment when the audience gave him a 10 minute standing ovation.

    Grit, determination, he lacks none. This fierce competitor will bring everything he has to everygame, playing a full season with Kovalev could perhaps result in some big points being put up.