With the sale of the Bolts looming over the organization, trade rumors are starting to swirl across the league. Last night after leaving the game, I popped open some emails and internet stories that had the Los Angeles Kings very interested in our star center.
Vinny would make sense for the Kings who have been linked to Ilya Kovalchuk the last few weeks. With the Thrasers not allowing teams to talk to Ilya’s agents, it is possible that whatever prospects or players you move for Kovalchuk could all be for naught if you don’t win a Cup. He could end up being a rental and testing the UFA market this summer. Vincent Lecavalier on the other hand is in the first year of an 11 year contract. So having a franchise pivot for the long term wouldn’t be an issue.
The issue at this point starts with Vinny’s no trade clause.
“It’s a totally different situation than last year,”
Last year, some people wondered if Vinny’s subpar season could have been attributed to the constant rumors of him being traded to the Canadiens. This year and for the rest of his career, he won’t be able to be moved without his permission.
Point of contention number two comes with the apparent asking price for Vinny. It is being reported that the Bolts asked for Team USA member Jack Johnson, forward Wayne Simmonds and draft picks.
I would personally hate to move Vinny, especially in the middle of a season that I still have really high hopes for. While all the talk was about his poor start and the fact that he was left off of the Canadian Olympic Roster (stupid), Vincent is tied for 12th in the league in scoring and that is while spending half the season with Alex “Should be Released” Tanguay on his line. I would hate to move him, but if the package we are asking for is correct, it would be hard to extract a better return for the face of our franchise.